Those of us who experienced the impact of Hurricane Ida, have likely experienced both practices of giving and receiving. I have heard it called the law of giving and receiving. The Book of Ecclesiastes says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Eccles. 3:1

We benefit when we learn to appreciate the time and season for things. Whether we like it or not the sun is going to rise in its time.

If you served as part of an organized project or simply helped your family, friends or neighbors, I imagine that you reached some level of exhaustion during the past couple of weeks. In that exhaustion, you may have become less efficient, more irritable or maybe disorganized or forgetful.

I encourage you to take time to rest.

During the week after the storm, I invited others to join me in daily pause and resets. Some of you participated in my daily guided meditation and some may have taken their own personal pause and reset. Many of you did neither and have been floundering through life during the last few days. You may feel like the old Duncan Donuts Man who didn’t know if he was coming or going.

If you don’t take the time to rest you will pay the price in some way. It will cost you your health or some relationship.

Positive Impact is a service organization, but in the past 2 years I have been concentrating on the importance of rest in your serve. Many people who do good have not gotten that right. They don’t know how to rest their body and soul.

Years ago, I went on a retreat with the theme, “Sustaining the Soul that Serves.” I had no idea at the time that this theme would become a central theme for my life’s mission. I hope you don’t get tired of hearing this message.

There is a time to work and there is a time to rest. There is a time to pause. There is a time to recharge. There is a time to give and there is a time to receive.

Take another breath then continue on with life.


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