Stop and Smell the Roses

People often look back with nostalgia on slower times, times when people used to “stop and smell the roses.” Jeff Goins says, “Life is not a race. It’s a walk around the block, a casual stroll through the park, a deep abiding in where you are right now.”   In today’s world, achieving and excelling are often focused on as the most important goals people should have.  Although striving for excellence is certainly biblical, rest is also an important biblical concept. John 16:33 says,  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of life’s everyday tasks, but it’s important to stop and slow down regularly, to take a moment to pray and find peace in our daily lives.

One of the easiest ways to slow down is to pause and reflect on gratitude.  What things are you thankful for? What things do you take for granted? What inspires you? Try to take a look around you and savor simple pleasures. Take a moment for meditation and prayer—your mental health will thank you!

Be still in the Lord.

Blog Post by: Sarah Warner, MS