Slow Down

by Nikki Semprun


Today I was inspired to slow down. It’s a hard task for me what with working part-time, being a stay at home mom to a 1 year old, helping to start a new church in town, and on top of all of that…being pregnant. I just don’t have all the energy to do all the things that are on my to-do list, but someone needs to do them. Some days I feel like I get nothing accomplished, and then I look back on the day and yep, just as I expected, I didn’t get anything done that really needed to be. Just the mundane every day chores of doing a load of laundry (which still needs to be folded), picking up my child’s toys (for the 3rd time today), doing half the dishes…I mean, don’t get me wrong, it was a good day, but the list of things that I was supposed to do today just didn’t happen. Maybe that was because I had to give my son a bath for the second time today, or because I am dead tired because I stayed up late last night getting work done. Maybe? It could be either one of those…or (fill in the blank) with any other scenario you might like to add. Slowing down in my life is not an easy task. I am a doer. I want to get it done when it needs to get done, and if I don’t have the time to get it done right then sometimes I get frustrated.  Anyone else with me?

So, when an inspirational mass email was sent to me today to slow down I read it. It didn’t fully sink in, but I read it. Sometimes you need to slow down to be able to see things that you might not have before. If I hadn’t slowed down, I probably wouldn’t have played hide and seek with my son, and heard him laugh for so long he could barely catch his breath. If I hadn’t slowed down, I wouldn’t have had the conversation with my husband about our future, or seen that the flowers I planted are actually starting to bloom. If I hadn’t slowed down, I probably wouldn’t have taken the time to write this because there are still plenty of things left on my to-do list for today.

So, if you’re like me and you have a list as tall as the Eiffel Tower that needs to get done... today... take a deep breath, step back and know that it’s ok if it waits a minute. Do something for you- have a cup of coffee, watch a show you’ve been dying to see, take a nap, read a book anything other than your to-do list. I promise, afterwards you will feel refreshed and ready to go.

I was reminded that Jesus tells us in Matthew that if we come to Him when we are weary and or burdened He will give us rest. I am always tired (even after my 2nd cup of coffee) so I needed this reminder today, maybe just as much as you did. It's comforting to know that amongst the chaos in my day, I have a God who brings peace and comfort. Sometimes we just need to hit the reset button and sometimes we need a hand doing it.