Pause

Pause.

Step back.

Take a break.

Time out.

Halt.

Chill.

Whatever it looks like in your life, breaking the routine and getting away is always a wise idea. I learned that again this weekend.

North Georgia Mountains.

I spent a couple days with middle and high schoolers this weekend. It turned out to be a beautiful weekend (above!) to get away. Coincidently, the theme for the weekend was “Pause”.

I’ll be honest–I don’t think I was ready to pause.

My (and my family’s) life has been crazy busy lately. Jen was in Denver for five days last week. Work has been busy. Jen and I are training for a half-marathon in Savannah next weekend. If we don’t have something planned for the evening, we’ve been preparing for something else. Almost seems cyclical.

Then it hit me: in my busyness, I forget to stop. And not just in the big, weekend-type pauses but also in the daily interludes. I get blindsided by my routine and caught up in things to ‘keep me moving’. Am I moving forward or just simply moving?

While the weekend was great (seeing students worshipping, bonding, sharing, etc.), it also provided us leaders an outlet to reflect on our own lives. Personally, I felt God reminding me of his relentless love. No matter the season of life, his love is relentless.

After you hit the pause button, it’s time to press play.

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When was the last time you “paused”?

42 Comments

  • Michael Perkins

    November 1, 2011

    It was last week. I was able to get away to a pastor’s retreat in Baton Rouge. For sure needed it.

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  • bill (cycleguy)

    November 1, 2011

    Been awhile although I did get away to theSticks and spend time with my wife (in the car) and Jim Foreman. But it was also busy so….

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    • Dustin

      November 1, 2011

      funny how that works- and yet refreshes…

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  • Jason Vana

    November 1, 2011

    I tend to pause later in the evenings. After putting the last coat of paint on my doors and shutters last night, doing my finances, paying bills and other little things like that, I laid on the couch, watched some TV and some TED videos. It was amazing.

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    • Dustin

      November 1, 2011

      I need to learn to do that. My wife and I have talked about that recently – how, even after busy days, we’re still ‘go go go’ at night.

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      • Jason Vana

        November 1, 2011

        I actually can’t sleep if I don’t have some down time at night. Even if it’s just playing a few games on my iPad while laying in bed, I need to have that mental and physical break or I can’t sleep.

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  • Jon Stolpe

    November 1, 2011

    It seems like it’s been a while since I truly stopped. It was probably during our vacation to Canada this summer where I felt like I really had the chance to pause, take a break, and put aside the busyness of life.

    Thanks for the reminder!

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    • Dustin

      November 1, 2011

      Your welcome. Now to just try and be intentional about making it a regular occurrence, right? :)

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  • Arny

    November 1, 2011

    Chill.

    I like that.

    I need Pausing…

    After my big event my band is playing at on Sat!!!

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  • Tom

    November 1, 2011

    Thanks Dustin, great reminder as my make up is to just keep moving. Too much mindless movement without vision. I do pause before God and I feel such peace there but then go right back to movement and misdirection vocationally.Did enjoy alot of alone time with God as I sat in the woods much of the weekend hunting and reflecting.

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    • Dustin

      November 1, 2011

      Mindless movement without vision? Yikes… I can see that sometimes in my own life.

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  • Benjer McVeigh

    November 1, 2011

    Great reminder…last week my wife and I were able to get away to the mountains here in Utah for two nights.

    Speaking of mountains, what exactly passes for a mountain in Georgia?

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    • Dustin

      November 1, 2011

      Yeah, I suppose that’s relative, right? :) A mountain in GA is like a little hill down here…

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  • Jason

    November 1, 2011

    I paused this weekend when my boys were here. :)

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  • Jim F

    November 1, 2011

    I have been overly busy but I take each Monday to hit the pause button. I am also like Jason V. in that each evening I have to just pause in order to go to sleep – TV – game on the computer – something.

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    • Dustin

      November 2, 2011

      As as pastor, I think Monday is a good day to do that for you. :)

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  • Moe

    November 1, 2011

    I needed to do this today after a stressful evening. I just put on my headphones, put some music on and ignored all “tasks”. There will always be things to do.

    Thanks for the reminder bro!

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    • Dustin

      November 2, 2011

      And we all enjoyed the picture! :)

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  • Dan Black

    November 1, 2011

    You have been busy. I weakly have a rest night with my wife. Where we only spend time together doing things that will fill us up.

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    • Dustin

      November 2, 2011

      Good suggestion, Dan. I like that idea(and may steal it!).

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  • seekingpastor

    November 1, 2011

    I try to pause daily even for just a few minutes. Sometimes I am successful, sometimes not. But I try.

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    • Dustin

      November 2, 2011

      The daily pause. Good reminder, matt.

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  • farouk

    November 2, 2011

    yes i seriously need a lonng pause
    thank you for the post :)

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    • Dustin

      November 2, 2011

      you’re welcome… thanks for stopping in!

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  • chris vonada

    November 2, 2011

    for me it was about 10 days ago… much needed and helpful, i paused and listened to His voice. thanks for an excellent reminder Dustin, that place looks very peaceful!!

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  • kristinherdy

    November 2, 2011

    It’s been over a month since my last true “pause” but I’m getting a break this weekend. it’s going to be righteous

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  • Jon

    November 2, 2011

    Things have been pretty hectic lately. I’ve been really slacking in the blogging department…so it’s good to get back into the swing of things. I don’t know if that’s necessarily a pause moment, but it’s good to be catching up!

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  • Cindy Holman

    November 2, 2011

    I take many pauses a day – so healthy! Thanks Dustin :)

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  • Carol Rives

    November 3, 2011

    I love the title and message in this post! The word “pause” is a major part of my blog title, as well as a very important concept in my life. Pausing always helps me to see things more clearly; however, I have to admit that I tend to get caught up in the “fast-forward” button at times. To pause is a great reminder in life.

    “After you hit the pause button, it’s time to press play.” Absolutely love this phrase!!

    Glad to have found your site through “Christian in the Rough”; I look forward to reading more!

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    • Dustin

      November 7, 2011

      Thanks for the comment Carol, and for stopping by! I’ll be sure to check out your blog!

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  • Keri

    November 3, 2011

    I’m not very good at pausing. I’m so accustomed to multi-tasking that it’s really hard for me to turn my brain off or see every moment as a task. I need to work on that. Thanks for the reminder. :)

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    • Dustin

      November 7, 2011

      Ha, yeah I’m the same way. Totally understand!

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  • Joseph

    November 6, 2011

    It’s been a while since I just “paused” but it’s kind of difficult right now. Between Training for a new position and getting ready for a baby (next weekend) there isn’t a lot of time to take a timeout. But It’s all good though.

    I’m glad you were able to pause and enjoy the weekend with the kids. And I hope to run some type of race next year. Not sure what I’ll do yet though.

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    • Dustin

      November 7, 2011

      Plenty to do around ATL. Have you ever done the Peachtree?

      I bet you’re stoked about Liam. Shoot… I’m stoked for you!

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  • rachelle renée

    November 11, 2011

    I just completed a “pause”… a big pause. I spent two weeks in the UK and had some quality time with a best friend of mine. When I planned this “pause”, I had no idea it’d come at the most needed time!

    Glad to hear you had a good “pause”!

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    • Dustin

      November 11, 2011

      great to hear – and even better to spend time with a good friend!

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  • Bryan Thompson

    December 15, 2011

    Sadly, our bodies sometimes have to teach us this lesson the hard way. Think about how many heart-attacks that could be avoided if people knew to take time out to rest. God didn’t design us to be all-work-no-play. Glad you got away. Sounds like you guys are slammed!

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