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Slow Down for Health

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Spending your days being busy every second will make you more righteous, but it will not make you healthier.

We all too often believe that it is God's calling for us to fill up every second of our lives by being busy, without realizing that we need time to think and be still if we are to be renewed for whatever the next challenge we face may be. We often don't seem to be aware that life is a marathon and not a sprint, but the sprint mentality leads to exhaustion. While the rewards of a full and healthy life come from being able to sustain your efforts, but to do that takes time for reflection and renewal, time to exercise, form relationships, eat healthy meals, and seek connection with God.

This may not appear to be productive work, but each of these is needed in order to be fully alive. I find the appeal to busyness is most often seen in our clergy, our doctors, and our other leaders, which leads them to burnout. Today, give yourself permission to find peace in the world without being in constant motion. What do you have to lose? This is Dr. Scott Morris for Church Health.

Dr. G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div, is founder and CEO of Church Health, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured or underserved people and their families. In FY2021, Church Health had over 61,300 patient visits. Dr. Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and M.D. from Emory University. He is a board-certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister.