Yet He frequently withdrew to the wilderness to pray Luke 5:16
“It is hard to love yourself if you never spend time with yourself. ‘Alone Time’ is Necessary.” Izey Victoria Odiase
When did things move so fast? Movies with characters that travel at the speed of sound, and in some cases, light; efficiency on mobile devices and computers that focus more on speed than anything else; the transition of most offline services having online options (and these days upgraded to fully packed services); making more use of delivery services, foods that cook instantly, transport that saves time, all the while building up to our days being jam-packed.
Breathe in Breathe Out
Our lives have transformed from the slow pace that the previous eras operated in, to nearly losing the ability to soak in teachings, savor the flavor, capture the moment with our senses, embrace the beauty of our environment, live in the here and now.
With so much going on around us, which includes this pandemic, we need to be intentional about scheduling, “me times”. Rejuvenate, revitalize and restore the culture that generations past centered on.
The Price of Seconds
I believe the most productive thing we can do in our day is to slow down our time. Even 5 minutes of reflection each day or every few days can change a person in ways they never imagined. All it takes is intentionality. Failing to value the price of a second is the fastest way to miss out on so many opportunities in all walks of life.
Counting the cost with decisions made in business or career; dividing the time between moments in marriage, or the pursuit of a life partner and social circles in your relationships; valuing the growth process with your personal development; winding down the busyness of life with purposeful leisure time; becoming an artisan of your mind and body through necessary training; recognizing your transformation as you contribute to your community; understanding the fusion of your plans immersed in God’s will as you are still in Him for your spiritual growth; making a mark in this world that will last beyond your years, are all possible through the gift of intentionality.
A Coin’s Secret
More often than not there are two sides to everyone, the public side, and the private side. The overall development that an individual culminates to comes from the side they give more time to. People perfect the shape of their public mask to the point they forget who they are inside. The same is true for the other side. One can be so absorbed in themselves they think life revolves around them. The dark side cloaks the glory of joy in a person’s life too by depositing so much pain they fail to see anything amazing about themselves. This is where reflection comes in to play. Purposeful introspection helps bridge the gap between who we think we are and who we truly are. This coupled with examining ourselves against the mirror of the Word enables us to see what was always there but we shun. Intentionality makes the process easier slowly but surely. Once mastered we embark on the path to becoming who we were always meant to be.