Now that football season is underway, take some time to not only watch the game plays themselves, but to look at the intrinsic parts of the whole game. Look at the way the offense is run, the defense is set up and the adjustments that take place during the course of the game. Coaches are constantly looking for ways to run plays that work or use defenses that stop the other team.

by Bryan Wagner

Time outs are taken for several different reasons. The play that is called may not work. Someone is out of position or time is running out. During these time outs, coaches try to solve the problem...get the right play, get the right player or stop and think to do the right thing. Players in the game may give feedback to the coach or they must confer on the sideline to get on the same page. Time outs are crucial down the stretch before half-time and the end of the game to make good thought out decisions on what to do. Time outs are used wisely during the course of the game so when one is needed it can be used.

In the game of life, do you take time outs? Do you take time to stop and reflect? In your walk as a Christian you need these "time outs" in order to get on the same page as God intends for you. Times when you get going 100 mph you need to slow down and get feedback from God’s Word. Psalm 46:10 says "Be still and know that I am God." Many times during His life, Jesus took time outs because He knew the importance of them. Isaiah tells us that in quietness and trust is your strength.

I challenge you to take a time out every single day. We all need to get feedback from our Creator, to reflect on our relationship with Jesus Christ and to make good calls on crucial decisions. In football, there are only three time outs in each half. In our Christian walk, there is an unlimited number. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." Take a time out. Go to God.