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There’s much to do. And it’s nice when we can cover a lot of ground as quickly and as efficiently as possible. But it’s in learning the value of pit stops that allows us to best optimize our time and energy.

For instance, the interstate is marked by several rest areas along the way. And it’s best to take advantage of these areas, particularly on long drives. As much as we want to get to our destination, we add an unnecessary risk and jeopardize our safety when we don’t take regular breaks and allow ourselves to be recharged on the road.

And this is true throughout our life and relationships.

All too often we’re so driven that we allow very little time to refuel and recover from the demands of life.

We just keep going and going until we eventually burn ourselves out.

A pit stop is taking a moment to pause and consider the needs of our body and soul.

Perhaps we need a moment to simply sit down and catch our breath, to take a nap, to rehydrate, or to get something to eat.

Or maybe we need a moment of silence to let our minds rest or a moment of solitude to reconnect with the deep movements of our own heart.

A pit stop can also include a quick chat with a friend, a walk outside, or a moment of play with our wife and kids.

Whatever it looks like, it’s a moment to reenergize our depleted resources. We’re not giving up or quitting our work. We’re simply taking a needed break.

Anger, resentment, and despair are all more likely when we don’t take regular pit stops.

In the end, be driven to accomplish all that God has given you to do. And remember to take regular pit stops along the way. This blesses your body and soul and allows you to continue loving well.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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