A New Pace for 2019

on January 5, 2019

The New Year is an optimal time to assess where we are in our lives and what we have done with the time given to us. Rick Warren said, “Time is our most precious gift because we only have a set amount of it.”

In our super-fast- paced world, it’s a race to the finish. It’s hard to slow down when you are trying to do a hundred things at once. Slowing down is a conscious choice that generates better performance, stronger relationships, and reduces stress. Taking a slower pace helps us to focus on what’s important and leads to a greater appreciation for life and a greater level of happiness.

Here are some ways to accomplish a moderate pace.

  • Make time between tasks to move at a more comfortable pace. When I make an effort not to jam pack my day, my body and mind function at their best.
  • Prioritize relationships. Spending time with family and friends cultivate joy. People who surround themselves with joy work better, not harder.
  • Limit activities. Schedule rest time to focus on our inward feelings. Resting renews our strength for smarter performance. Did you ever stop to think why David wrote about the goodness of God in Psalm 23? The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures. Make the most of our actions. Let’s not run through the green pastures in life but lie down and reflect how God provides for our needs. He leads me beside still waters. Let stillness pervade our minds and refresh while letting busyness go. He restores my soul. Rest for the soul is only by the power of God. Take time in the New Year to praise the Lord that He is a restoring God.

Practice self-control to break free from hectic lifestyles. Self-control is the ability to stop ourselves from doing things we want to do, but that might not be in our best interest. Focus on the Lord, on His goodness and His mercy. It will end your day with serenity. Make your time count for more because our time on Earth is short.

What ways do you plan to find the pace that works for you this year? Is it easy or difficult for you to find a moderate pace? Please comment on what is difficult to control in your schedule or what comes easy.

14 thoughts on “A New Pace for 2019”

  1. ashley walls says:

    I wish more people would do this. Seems everyone is in such a hurry. Life is much more enjoyable when you slow down to smell the roses 🙂 Sometimes work gets crazy and I feel rushed. But I always try to take time to slow down, walk my dogs and take a break. It’s difficult to be creative when I feel spastic.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      You have a lot of responsibility at work, Ash. I’m glad you’re aware to find the golden moments and smells of a moderate pace.

  2. My strongest gift is prioritizing my alone time with the Lord and putting nothing before him. On that, I found much joy, peace and purpose for my life. Feeling emotionally fulfilled keeps me away from the rat race. Happy New Year dearest friend!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      You have been a big influence in helping me slow down. Thank you for sharing a comment.

  3. Nancy says:

    Great advice, Linda! Keep up the good work! Miss you!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      You’re the best neighbor. Thanks for stopping in and making a comment.

  4. Deborah Aldridge says:

    As we get older this becomes more true. I look back at times in my life that felt so hurried. The busier I was, the more accomplished I felt. I’m so thankful for this slower pace I’ve chosen now and am able to have. Peace, rest, love, and laughter find us when we slow down. I’m appreciating David’s words more everyday.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      The best part of growing older is how smart we get, Deborah. More peace, rest, laughter, and an extra dose of more love to you and yours in 2019.

  5. Tony Livingston says:

    Great article Linda! I try to take the time to slow down when I can. but some times it is difficult.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thanks for sharing, Tony.

  6. Pam Antoun says:

    Great reminder! Thanks for sharing Linda 😊

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thank you, faithful friend.

  7. Nancy Hood says:

    I’m loving the time I now have for digging deeper into his word through studies and a ladies group within our congregation. I had so missed the Morning studies in our home.
    My word for this new year is Listen. Listen in my quiet time. Listen to His beauty when outdoors. Listen to those around me, prayer requests, and hurting hearts. Listen for the Spirit’s guiding. Listen. Control the tongue to fill silence and listen.
    I love you and miss sitting with you and learning.❤️

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Dear Nancy, I love the fact you’re settled and growing in the Lord. I learned to look and listen for my specific word or scripture for the last three years. It’s exciting to see how God works it for our good. My verse this year is found in Isaiah 6:8 “And then I heard the voice of the Master: “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” I spoke up, “I’ll go. Send me!” (MSG)

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