Time Out!

Saturday, December 23, 2017
by Dennis Thiel

During the game, the coach calls the players to the sidelines for a time-out. During those few minutes, he speaks to them, inspires them, slows them down, and helps them see a bigger picture. The team comes out of time-out mentally calmer and fitted with a revised plan of action. The coach often tells them to “slow down and think” about what they are doing.

Jesus is our coach. He calls us to have time-out with Him. But do we listen? Do we see Him on the sidelines making the “T” sign? Do we hear the call for “TIME-OUT” when we are too busy running this way and that way pursuing our daily game-plan?

I truly enjoy taking an extended time-out every morning before the “plays” of the day are even set. It puts the day in perspective. And then I always seek some peace and quiet later in the day for another time-out just to check on my progress and review “game status.” Sometimes I need even more time-outs – the 30 second kind. Jesus is always there and ready to coach me, even if all He does is reassure that I’m okay.

We need to slow down our game. We need to take time to be holy. Time-outs are all about that.

I love the words to the hymn, “Take Time to be Holy” which we sing sometimes during worship. Here are the beginning lines from each stanza:

“Take time to be holy, speak often with the Lord.
Take time to be holy, the world rushes on.
Take time to be holy, let Him be your guide.
Take time to be holy, be calm in your soul.
(Each thought and each motive beneath His control.)”

And lastly, remember that the important thing is not all about winning the game. The important thing is knowing that we have played the game as well as we could. Coach can’t complain if we listened and did our best.


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5,6


TODAY: Pray for a family you know with pre-school children.