Break Point

The due date for my writing assignment was fast approaching, and I was barely half done. I’d been working fast and furiously, but my mind was now too stressed to think clearly, my eyes were too strained to focus, and my shoulders were stiff from sitting hunched over my computer keyboard for so long.

I finally pulled myself away from my desk piled high with books and papers, and retreated to a nearby window for a break. As I raised my eyes to a beautiful blue, sunny sky above neighboring apartment buildings, I caught sight of a bird in graceful flight. My spirit soared with it.

I forgot my work for a moment and enjoyed this glimpse of God’s beautiful creation. My tired mind was renewed as I marveled at the shapes and shades of the clouds—thousands of tons of water floating effortlessly high overhead. Breathing deeply of the breeze that blew through the open window, I thanked and praised God for His goodness and care. I began with the scene before me, and ended with a few of the many wonderful things He has done for me personally over the years. With each breath and thought, my mind and body relaxed a little more, and my aching shoulders became a little less tense.

When I returned to my desk, I felt completely refreshed. The three-minute break had worked wonders. I tackled my assignment with renewed energy and focus. To my amazement, I made more headway during the next hour than I had in the previous two. Not only that, but when I reread my work later, I found fewer mistakes than I expected. I met my deadline with time to spare.

I was so excited by my discovery that I decided to apply this “praise break” principle to other areas of my life, and I’ve found its effects to be amazing. In addition to relieving stress, it has helped improve my moods, my relations with others, my problem-solving ability, my organizational skills, and more.

My life hasn’t become problem free since I started practicing praise, but stopping to thank God for His goodness and refocus on my blessings gives me strength to face whatever comes my way. It’s made the joys more enjoyable and the trials less trying. It doesn’t take long—sometimes less than a minute—but I’ve found that it makes all the difference in the world.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV – Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Psalm 136:26 ESV – Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Psalm 100:4 ESV – Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

5 Comments

  1. jonnie
    July 29, 2014, 9:14 pm   /  Reply

    Pray and praise is the key to entering the presence of God’s Peace, Plan and Purpose for our life. Thank you Lord that we can run in are safe in you.

  2. yaw owusu
    July 31, 2014, 4:14 am   /  Reply

    God has done a lot for me…and I’m really greatfull.Glory be to his name..Amen.

  3. michell
    August 1, 2014, 7:52 pm   /  Reply

    GOD IS GREAT AND HE TEACHES US LESSONS JUST WHEN WE NEED THEM. PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR ALL HIS LOVE AND CARE

  4. HI-Prince
    August 28, 2016, 7:41 pm   /  Reply

    I will forever Thank Him for all He has been doing in my life.
    In my Relationship, Business, Career, Dreams, Goals, Plans, Future etc.
    He has always been there for me, no matter the hard and difficult times of my life, I will always Call His Name “JESUS THE SON OF GOD” Bless be your Name. Amen!

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