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Permission Slip – Step Off the Hamster Wheel

“And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:39

Tina was tired. I mean, for good reason — she had a lot to do. She was working on a promotion at her job, but it just seemed like her boss had a vendetta against her. Her mother wasn’t feeling well. And although when she called to check in daily to see how her chemotherapy was going, her mom seemed to be holding up, but she could tell through the phone and over 3000 miles that mom was giving up. She even admitted that it may be easier to die than to keep living through the pain. It seemed like her friends needed her more than ever from man boy problems. And on top of all of that, she had just started a nighttime class to help with the promotion she desperately needed. She was running from work, to class, back home to walk her seven-year-old miniature dachshund, to an event to help meet people to take her career to the next level, and then woke up to do it all again the next day. Tina was tired.

The problem was Tina had dreams. She dreamed of publishing her first book, sitting down with Oprah Winfrey on one of her OWN specials, walking red carpets and being a talking head on a show like Melissa Harris Perry’s. She had dreams of touching people through words and inspiring others through her novels. But Tina was too busy to be inspired, to get creative and to hear God. Tina knew her gift came from God, and it was her God-given gift that was going to elevate her blessings…if only she could stop long enough to hear God and what he wanted her to do.

Have you ever been too busy with work, family, friends, being a girlfriend, a boyfriend, a wife and a husband to follow the inner voice of God? Tina has. And I have too. We may think that, “Hey! I can sleep when I’m dead,” but we’re not realizing that the hustle of life can sometimes beat us down. It can beat out our inspiration. It can beat out our creativity. It can beat out our kindness. It can beat out our integrity and it can even beat out the sweet, still voice of God that tells us our next step.

If you feel like you’re on the hamster wheel of life, fearing that if you get off life will unwind, step out and off on faith. We can never discover what God has for us if we’re too busy doing our own thing. There must be a time of purposeful reflection and solitude. And when you tap into God’s vision for your life, you will fulfill everything your heart desires.

Write out your permission slip now: I_______(write your name) give myself permission to step off the hamster wheel of life to discover my place of peace and reflection by the renewing of my mind in God’s Word. I speak to my life peace be still.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

Joi-Marie Murphy McKenzie
www.joimarie.com



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  1. Gina Surgeon says:

    WOW, “My name is Tina”

    I enjoy these messages as a close to my daily devotion time, but this one was personal. It felt like the name was changed to protect my identity. My life and all that I give have sometimes completely crushed my creativity. God gives me books, blogs, inspirations near daily and I have to rush to find paper to take a quick note and often don’t finish. I have a business plan; incomplete because of the family distractions and trials of life. God has moved me across country and I know a part of that is isolating me to exercise the gifts. Yet I still find myself caught in helping or wrapping up business for my home. I have made that exact analogy…saying that I feel like I’m on a hamster wheel.

    Today, I, Gina Surgeon, am giving myself permission to get off the hamster wheel. I will find peace and purpose. I will focus on God’s instruction and bypass life’s distractions. Amen!

  2. Maxine Madison says:

    Awesome devotion…just heard a sermon on this. God truly wants us to take time to hear from Him.

  3. Rev. Joy L. Wilkerson says:

    This was Word just for me. Interestingly enough I only took the time stop and breathe late on Thursday evening to read this message that was sent on Monday morning. What a difference it could have made in my week. As I read it, I said Tina is me. I am giving myself permission to get of the hamster wheel of life and do what thus say the Lord. I am renewing my mind that I may discern the perfect will of God. Thank you Soror. Peace and love!

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