So much about the pace of life conspires against us. We might even be convinced that the faster we go and the busier we become, the more we’ll get done. But what does that kind of toxicity do to our souls? Could it be that God invites us to find Him through a different rhythm? What would happen if we built pauses into our day—benevolent detachment from the siren call of the fast and furious. Maybe God is not waiting for us to catch up; instead, maybe He’s waiting for us to slow down.

In what ways has your life been taken hostage by the pace and distractions of life? What happens to your inner world when you feel squeezed from every side by life’s incessant demands?

What do you find calming and reassuring in Jesus’ words from Matthew 11:28-30? (Look at the Message translation of this passage.) What would it mean for you to live “freely and lightly?”

Read Psalm 131:2. What responsibility does the Psalmist take in calming and quieting his soul? How might you build a pause into your life? (Consider using the Pause App as a tool.)

Benevolent detachment is a way of pulling aside in faith. What would it mean for you to give everyone and everything to God? How did Jesus practice benevolent detachment (Mark 1:35-38)?

What is causing you the most anxiety? What comfort do you find in 1 Peter 5:7? Take a moment to give to God your most pressing concerns.

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