Changing the Pace of Life

It is the time of year when everyone is thinking about starting fresh at something. The kids are back in school and we are trying to get our houses organized and cleaned up again after the holidays. It’s natural that our thoughts would reflect on the past year, and focus on what we want out of our life for the coming year. Usually, that involves change in one area or another.

It seems to me, that a lot of our goals remain unreached because our lives are too cluttered with other things. We can’t be at our best if we are tired all of the time. It will affect our parenting, our marriages, our spiritual growth, our friendships, and our personal self-esteem.

It’s time to prune things out of our lives. Whether it’s too much volunteering for things, too many social events on your calendar, or too many activities for your children – it’s time to take a look at what your family prioritizes and why. Where are you headed? What do you really want out of your life? It’s better to be wholeheartedly passionate and involved in a few things than half-heartedly involved in many.

God wants us to enjoy our lives. There is nothing wrong or sinful about enjoying what we have been given in life. In fact, it is good and wise to enjoy our health, finances, and children while we have them – as long as we aren’t foolish about how we enjoy them. But, part of enjoying life is taking the time we need to sit awhile and refresh ourselves. If we are going – going – going all of the time, that just isn’t possible.

Life is about more than accumulating things, successes, and personal image. It’s about learning, growing, giving, and appreciating what God has already given us.

Any time is a good time to make new goals and to set your heart upon positive change for your life. Any time is a good time to realize that life is pulling you along at its pace instead of you going about your life at your own pace. Take the steps you need to, to get rid of those things, people, and activities in your life that clutter up your time, emotions, and joy. Focus on things that will better your family as people and ask God to show you what He wants you to do with your time.

And don’t forget that the Lord rested Himself and He set the example for us about how important it is for us to take a “time-out” from life occasionally to restore our hearts, souls, and bodies. He was always very “present” in what He was doing and with who. We should be as well.

You’ll be amazed at how recharged your life will feel if you can just force yourself and allow yourself to relax and slow down the pace of your life. It will take time, effort, and practice – but it will be worth every minute you spend on making that change for yourself and for your family.

~ Dionna Sanchez encourages moms each month in her monthly ezine. Sign up free today at


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