Shake off the world
When He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
The world gets overwhelming at times. The push and shove of the marketplace, the barrage of telephone calls and emails, the demands of clients and customers, the negative, critical voices that creep into our daily lives—this clamor can become toxic, leaving us feeling tired, defeated, and empty.
That’s when it’s time to shake off the world; time to find space to retreat from the din of humanity as Jesus often did.
Perhaps one of the best ways to shake off the world is by ritualizing it through a simple cleansing process. When you feel the need to shake off the world’s toxicity go into the bathroom, wash your hands, then shake them off as you rinse the dust of the world away.
And after you’ve washed the dirt away, open your hands over your head; imagine a bright white light filling your body with hope and love, bathing you with the peace of God. Take a deep breath. Breathe.
These types of cleaning rituals re-energize and re-open our hearts. They provide a mini-break, which helps us let go of the negativity we encounter throughout the course of a busy day.
Another way to shake off the world is to walk away from our daily routines for a period of quiet time or play. Find a place where you can be alone for a couple of hours, a day, or a couple of days. In that space, enjoy the solitude with yourself and God—play, write, read, draw, or take a walk in nature. Ponder the questions we all need to ask of ourselves, the deeper questions that invite us to grow: Who am I? What is my purpose? How do I care for my soul?
These life-giving moments refresh us, help us gain perspective; give us the courage to go back into our daily lives, so we can love others and ourselves more authentically.
Game Plan: Try it. You might like it. Find a way to shake off the noise of the world today. Notice how your perspective changes when you do. Try creating a weekly rhythm that allows you to refresh and restore your soul.