I knew this would happen.
If confession is good for the soul, then here you go. It’s only been six weeks since I’ve been back from my sabbatical, and I’m already slipping back into my old pattern and pace. Hopefully, as you take time to read this, you will be encouraged to join me in renewing a commitment to a healthy life rhythm.
Noah benShea once wrote, “It’s the space between the notes that makes the music” (Jacob the Baker: Wisdom for the Heart’s Ascent). Some of us are living a cacophony of horrible music because we aren’t creating any space between the notes.
Jesus regularly lived life in the space between the notes. He often withdrew from the rush of the urgent to focus on the value of the important. He taught His disciples to embrace a healthy life rhythm: “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest for a while” (Mark 6:31).
Sandy, my assistant, typed up an acronym from the word “BREATH” and put it on my desk before I returned from my sabbatical. I see it every day, and I need to live it.
B—believe in yourself and how God has gifted you.
R—remember the things you love about your role.
E—exhale, inhale and exhale again.
A—add some new parameters to your work (invent and reinvent).
T—temperance. Avoid the things you used to do but want to stop.
H—have fun. Create a healthy balance between work and play.
Pretty good advice. Now I just need to live it.
The Jews have a Sabbath tradition called the Havdalah that reflects the value of a healthy life rhythm. The Havdalahtakes place at the end of Sabbath when a husband or wife spills some of the Sabbath wine into a saucer and extinguishes a candle by dipping it into the wine. The spilled wine symbolizes the Sabbath’s impact to spill over into the rest of the week.
When you live a healthy life rhythm, the benefits spill over into every area of your life. When you create space between the notes, you discover that the noise of your life actually turns into music (Lance Witt, Replenish).
As I challenge myself through the words I’ve written, I challenge you as you read them. We CAN do something about this. Good intentions must become good decisions, and good decisions must lead to action. Why not take some time right now to think about what needs to change in your life in order to create some space between the notes?