This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “take.”
Today was one of those rare days when as soon as I saw the FMF prompt, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about!
All day long, there is one phrase that has been going round and round in my head: take a break!
Of course, it’s not particularly unusual – it’s the summer. It’s the time when lots of us think about taking a break from our normal routine, but it was the emphasis on the word “take” that really made me stop and think.
According to Merriam-Webster, the word “take” can be defined as: “to get into one’s hands or into one’s possession, power, or control.”
In other words, it is an intentional act. We may be offered something, but we have the choice about whether to take it. Otherwise we will never possess it.
It reminded me that we have to choose to take a break. It won’t just happen by itself. If we wait until we reach the end of our to-do list, the chances are we’ll be waiting a very long time. Sometimes we just have to choose to leave things undone and have a break.
This week I have tried to be intentional about doing that. Instead of ploughing on with chores or tasks that need to completed, I’ve chosen to take a break from time to time – to go for a walk, to watch a movie, to pause for half an hour and read a book.
It doesn’t have to be a long break to be refreshing, but it’s something we have to be intentional about taking.
And I think it’s something that God wants us to take.
Psalm 23:2 reminds us that: “He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.”
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NLT)
The offer is there. Will you take it?
Speaking of taking a break, I may not be around here quite so much over the next month or so. I will still be posting at times, and taking part in FMF when I can, but I won’t be sticking to a fixed schedule, so don’t worry if my posts are a little less regular than usual.