As most Americans I love sports, and during most sports, like soccer, basketball, football, and even baseball, each team is battling to win and claim victory over the other. Throughout each game, the physical struggle between the opposing teams to advance the ball can become very intense. Over time, this high-intensity play can exhaust even the most physically fit athlete. Often, we see a coach or a player call a time-out to help the team recharge, in order to increase their chances of victory.
Since most of us are not professional athletes, we might not see the need for a time-out in our lives. However, the average American has a very busy lifestyle, running to soccer games, business trips, dinner parties, school functions, etc. We never seem to have enough time for ourselves. When we finally come up for air, we realize we have become trapped in the rat race of life. This month, I’m going to encourage you to take a “Time-Out” to recharge your batteries.
The stresses of life can drain us and prevent us from contributing to our community and fulfilling our purpose in life. There is a famous quote that states, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give!” As Christians, we are called to give to others, just like Christ gave to us.
However, in order for us to pour into others, our own cup must be filled. Jesus told us to give Him all of our cares and anxieties because He loves us and knows we can’t handle the pressures of life on our own. Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) reads, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” So this month, try some of these simple methods for recharging yourself to give you strength to manage the stresses of life:
- Aromatherapy – The scent of herbs and natural oils can help you relax, soothe muscle tension, and reduce stress causing headaches.
- Exercise Outside – Walk on the beach or take a bike ride to get some fresh air and help shift your thoughts to pleasant ones.
- Massage – A good massage can help relieve stress in your muscles and their connective tissue, and alleviate tension headaches.
- Read your Bible – God’s Word helps you put life into perspective. Stress is less likely when we’re grateful for all the blessings God has provided for us!
- Solitude – Spend 24 hours of quality time away from worldly cares and focus on God. Rest in Him.
A weekly “Time-Out” from the world offers tremendous health benefits. Try it this month and I would love to know how your well-being improves.