Take a breather. Give a hug.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot… Ecclesiastes 3:1,2

Last night I was so stressed because our roof has sprung a leak and now there is a nice section of my kitchen ceiling that needs to be replaced.  Top that off with the inconvenience of trying to find a spot at the local firework show and taking care of the household chores while my wife recovers from surgery.  And you know what?  I am such a whiner!

These things are so trivial and so small in the grand scheme of things.

I just read that a Christian brother and church planter lost his wife to cancer this morning.  His young children lose a mother; her parents lost a daughter.  I pray for him and his family.

We know that life is fragile and that we can be here today and gone tomorrow, yet for some reason we always seem to focus on the crap that isn’t all that important – our career, more money, bigger houses, being popular, winning awards, and becoming slaves to the things that don’t improve our lives at all.  We forget about the people around us and the marriages or families we sacrifice.  We overlook the opportunities to stop and enjoy a breath, a beautiful piece of music, or the simple gesture of a hug.

Take a breather today and give a hug.  The unimportant stuff will still be there tomorrow, but you or the people you care about may not.


  1. James on July 5, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Note to self: remember to check your grammar! 🙂

  2. Ryan Freed on July 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Could not agree more with this post. I have been through many problems the past few years with a family “tragedy.” Although it was a huge set back my family took the illness that came across a member of our family as a deep learning experience. It made all of us stronger and able to enjoy life. I have two posts I’ve read lately you may enjoy.

    Babette Freed posted a page on Memories of war in her chapter on Emerging Tiro’s interactive book, “dont sweat the little things.” http://www.emergingtiro.com/?p=356

    Judith Ellis’s The Being Brand talks about how beautiful life is. http://thebeingbrand.blogspot.com/2009/07/being-beautiful.html

  3. James on July 11, 2009 at 11:12 am


    Thanks for sharing! I can totally relate to what you are saying. Thanks for those posts as well – I really liked the one by Babette Freed and have heard many similar stories from friends and family who endured war.

    All the best!

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