But those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40.31 NRSV)
Arthur Gordon is a wonderful Christian writer. He has written a book called A TOUCH OF WONDER, telling some of his own experiences. He has interviewed famous people and traveled widely. One of his chapters is titled, "The Power of Purposeful Pausing." In it he discusses a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson. Here's the quote: "Extreme busyness, whether at school, work or market, is a symptom of deficient energy." In other words, staying busy is not the sign of a person with a high energy level. It is rather the sign of a lazy person. Why? Because the overly busy person has not put enough energy into the really hard work of thinking and setting priorities first! Arthur Gordon read that statement and realized that if we took more time to pause, we would increase our efficiency and the work we do would be better. He calls it "the power of purposeful pausing."

There is a reason for responding rather than simply reacting. WHEN WE PAUSE TO RESPOND, WE GIVE GOD A CHANCE TO SPEAK AND TO ACT.

Dear God, help me to pause more so that you can speak and act. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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