Day 17: Pause

Day 17: Pause

This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in!

Pausing is an art I’m still learning. I tend to get caught up in the bustle of everyday life–classes, study time, student group meetings, church, outings, more studying–and forget to take a break and reflect on God’s character and the work He is doing in and around me.

This weekend, I had the chance to press the “pause” button and go home for a few days. It was relaxing and refreshing and gave me a chance to step back and evaluate my college experience thus far from a distance. I think the biggest thing I’ve missed so far is making time to pause. Pause the social media, pause the conversations, pause the running to just be with Jesus.

A few times I have retreated to the prayer rooms and chapel at my school, which has helped me refocus on God and why I’m there. I hope to make this a regular part of my routine so I never lose sight of my purpose in pursuing this education, and so I remember that ultimately what I’m pursuing is fellowship with and knowledge of Christ.

When do you make time to pause, and how does it affect your perspective?