Hello and welcome to part three of my blog series, Pause, Pray, Pivot. When I began this series, I first discussed the Pause and why it is important. The following is from my first post.
“A Pause is not a halt. It’s a break you give yourself. When we Pause, we give ourselves room to breath, to Pray, to connect with God. Today, after writing my book’s final chapter, it was time for me to Pause. I needed to shift my focus from my will back to God’s will.
How often do you pause? Do you make your decisions on autopilot or with intention? What is your coping mechanism when the world gets too big? Do you recognize the need to give yourself over to something bigger than you? If these questions resonate, you aren’t alone.”
Before we get into a conversation about the Pivot, I’d like to say something about Prayer. I didn’t learn to pray until I was in my early 30’s. I often hear people balk at Prayer for two reasons.
First, Prayer includes believing in the concept of God. Many people can’t overcome that barrier. It’s hard to admit there is something bigger out there than us, because it’s frightening to people who are used to running their own show. Second, I’ve been told many times by a variety of people with diverse backgrounds, “I don’t know how to pray. I don’t even know where to start.”
If you don’t know where to start, begin here. “God help me.” “God, illuminate my path.” “God, please help me make the right choice.” “God, thank you for your help and love.” It doesn’t have to be the kind of prayer we hear in churches, said by men and women trained to do so. Prayer is, in essence, a simple, powerful request of God. For today’s purpose, the Prayer I am discussing is one of direction.
There are two ways to make decisions in life. You can decide something on your own, or you can turn to God for direction. I’ve done both and still do sometimes. My experience has shown me when I Pause (bringing myself into the present moment) when a decision lies before me, I have access to the power of Prayer. When I don’t Pause I rush headlong through my day and all the choices I make. Worse, when I’m not present-focused, I make decisions based on anticipated future outcomes or past choices.
The Pause grounds me into the present. The Prayer provides clarity in decision-making. This brings us to the Pivot. According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, the definition of the word Pivot as it relates to this discussion is, “the action…of stepping with one foot while keeping the other foot at its point of contact with the floor.” In other words, when we have the option of Pivoting, we can move in any direction within a 360 degree circle. This means we have 360 options to choose when we make a decision.
Again according to Merriam-Webster online, to decide is “to select as a course of action.” The action can be mental, emotional, spiritual or physical. Regardless, the actions we take, even the small ones, can either build up over time or immediately affect our lives and the lives of those around us.
You have 360 ways to impact your life with every decision you make.
Knowing that changes things, at least it does for me.
Right now, you have a choice. You might finish reading this post and go on with your day OR you can Pause. In the mental quiet of the Pause, you can reach out to God and ask Him which of the 360 choices to make next. What direction He recommends might not be easy, but will always be for your highest good. When you hear the answer in His still-small voice or feel a comforting nudge, it’s time to Pivot. Take your action. Move out in confidence, knowing you have a map created specifically for you by the greatest GPS in the universe! ~ R.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” – Jeremiah 29:11 & 13