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“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?” ~ II Corinthians 13:5

Tonight I had the unforeseen pleasure of eating dinner by myself.

As the parent of a toddler, you can imagine that this is a rare occurrence.  And while pre-parenthood I would have dreaded eating dinner alone, this evening I welcomed it.

Mainly because it gave me a chance to hit the “pause” button after what has been a whirlwind three days.  And I think that is something important to do – to stop and absorb what it is that has been going on, and to process where to go from here.

Part of the trap of living a relentlessly busy life is that it becomes an unexamined one.  And, as Socrates said, the unexamined life is not worth living.  While I feel that he may have been being a bit melodramatic, I do think he’s right.

When you are living at such a rate you can’t slow down enough to look around, you have no idea if the way you are living is lining up with God’s standards.  At a supersonic pace, all you have to check yourself with are the people and behaviors surrounding you – and we all know that relative morality isn’t the greatest path to head down.

If your life has you feeling like a whirling tornado, find a way to hit the pause button.  Look around you, listen closely, and see where you are at – with life and with God.