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  • Writer's pictureStephen Williams

Child Custody Devotional – Walk, Walk. Sit, Sit. – Proverbs 4:25-27

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. Proverbs 4:25-27

…In other words, “If you sit, just sit. If you walk, just walk; but whatever you do, don’t wobble.” Zen Proverb.

The Sabbath is a day of rest. We get really busy these days, and you might be thinking there’s no time to give yourself and your family a break. I choose to believe that this world offers an abundance of time, not for everything, but for the few things we make our priorities. I believe that taking a break to rest, reflect, recharge and sharpen the saw should be one of them. If I’m wrong and we really have no other option than to burn ourselves out, is the example we set for ourselves and our children that we don’t have time to rest our bodies? our minds? Can we at least teach the next generation how to avoid the trap we’ve fallen in?

That’s where focus comes in. Focusing on rest. Maybe that means turning off screens and turning on some relaxing music. Maybe that means taking your time to eat a meal at the table. It doesn’t have to be world-changing. Even something as simple as using Dixie® plates rather than creating dishes to wash can change the whole dynamic of an otherwise frenetic evening.

In order to focus on rest or, as I borrow from the two proverbs we started with, to “sit when we sit,” that means we have to “walk when we walk.” Extending the metaphor of a “Sabbath Day,” that means we better make sure we’re making the most of the other “six days of the week” and allocating our time, energy and resources effectively. And that DOES NOT mean multitasking, which is just scientifically not a thing. Google it.

It’s all knobs and switches. When you turn one you have to flip another. If you’re struggling to find time for a break, don’t think you can create and keep holy time for rest without reassessing how you focus elsewhere. But don’t let that prevent you from slowing down, sitting quietly and being that much sharper and more prepared when you reenter the fray.


This article contains general information and should not be construed as legal advice for you and or your unique situation. If you would like to speak more about how you, as a Committed Parent or Caring Relative, can be more effective in your Child Custody case, please visit to schedule your initial consultation at one of our offices. ~SW, Foxtrot

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