Time Out

Recently, a group of sisters gifted me with a four day vacation to go away with them for a time of reconnection, rejuvenation and relaxation. This time out allowed me to breathe, exhale, and truly enjoy myself without a care in the world. Within a few days of our return, I then decided to disconnect from social media for eleven days in order to spend some alone time with the Lord. The timeout in the beginning wasn't easy, however I dug my heels in as I needed this time to hear, truly hear, without all the noise and the chatter around me. Clarity calls for quietness and in some instances solitude.

As I look at the game of basketball and the reasons that timeouts are used, I thought how appropriate for our personal lives as well. Below are six of the reasons why a time out is called during the game and questions we can ask ourselves:

1. When you spot a mistake/mistakes. When we repeatedly make the same mistakes, we need to examine the reasons for this and for that we call a timeout.

2. To stop the momentum of the opposing team. Momentum wins games if they aren't stopped, as they start with your team mistakes. Our opponents capitalize on these mistakes. What mistakes are we making that the enemy of our soul is capitalizing on in an effort to win the game?

3. To change the strategy both an offense and defense. The Coach is looking at the game with different eyes, the team' strategy has to be modified and changed based on what is happening on the court. What is happening on our courts, that our Coach is seeing and is instructing us to modify or change?