Pausing for One Moment








My breath is flying… I must catch it.

The last few weeks have been incredibly rich… full of all the dramatic ups and downs that life has to offer. Tragedies, victories, eateries, friendlies, and vicious poison-ivy-s. I cannot complain about being bored… for I have forgotten what that feeling is like.

I’m tempted to drift towards mind-numbing laziness… Let’s just play one more round of Candy Crush…

But a numbing of the mind leads to a dumbing of the mind which leads to frustration. The effort it takes to be an automaton is truly exhausting. It leaves a person gasping on fumes… losing vitality, clarity, and aspiration.

What I truly need is a rest. Not just sleep, a sabbath. A rest-oration. A peace. A pause. A still. A capturing of time. A moment to shut my eyes and dream of what could be… what should be. A reflection of God’s image at work… and at rest within me.


Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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