Time Out!


“The faster I go the behinder I get!” That’s an old Pennsylvania Dutch saying my mother loved to quote over 50 years ago. Funny how it seems more relevant today than ever.

I just had coffee with a young attorney buddy who said, “If you’ve got any suggestions on slowing things down, let me know!” When I said that I did, he was surprised and ready to listen.

I began by sharing a few insights from “The Time Keeper” by Mitch Album.

  • “Counting consumes him, and the wonder of the world he has been given is lost.”
  • “You marked the minutes … but did you use them wisely? To be still? To cherish? To be grateful? To lift and to be lifted?”
  • “When hope is gone, time is a punishment.”
  • “There is a reason God limits our days. Why? To make each one precious.”
  • “When you are measuring life, you are not living it.”

Once again I told my friend how I’ve managed to slow time down just a little. I’ve always been intrigued by the passing of time and even obsessed with it. That’s why I’ve kept a daily log of activities for decades and even a daily journal of insights and reflections. What I’ve learned is that I learn little from experience alone but much from reflecting on my experiences.

I’m hungry for wisdom – I crave it. That’s why I enjoy reading and pondering on the scriptures each morning and journaling five reasons for gratitude every day. Moses once wrote: “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Psalm 90:12.

The best part of my day is my “time out” every morning. Rarely do I have nothing else to do. Instead, I must take the time for this, find the time, even force the time into my daily routine.

If you’re like my busy lawyer buddy with a thriving business and growing family maybe you would benefit from a daily “time out” as well.

Grace and Peace,

Alan Ahlgrim
Director of Pastor Care

Blessing Ranch Ministries

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