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Do You Have a Minute?

Community Voice and Lead Pastor of Upper Room Church, Nathan Pooley, his wife Kaitlyn, and their son Asa, teach us how to take a minute by example.

Do you have a minute?


Lots of emotions come to the surface when someone asks me that question. Is something wrong? Are they mad at me? Or better yet, they must be trying to sell me something I don’t need. Believe it or not, one minute of your time is very valuable.

I’ve heard it said, time is the only non-renewable resource in the world.

You can get more money… even more stuff… but time is hard to buy nowadays.

In a world in a hurry, one minute can feel like an eternity. You honestly may not have one minute in your day to spare. How busy are you these days? A few years ago, a friend gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever been given…”You’re in a hurry, and hurry will hurt you.”

Carl Jung said it like this, “hurry is not of the devil, it is the devil.”

Maybe that’s why Jesus said in Matthew 28 ,”Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.”

He knew there would be a day where people were so busy, rest would be optional.

Now here is my challenge to you. Take one minute today at some point today and do nothing.

You heard me right. Absolutely nothing.

Turn off your phone, tv, iPad, and all the noise machines, and get quiet for one minute.

I’m finding it’s the pauses in life where God really speaks. But unfortunately, many people don’t have a minute.

I want to share with you a prayer that has helped me. In that one minute, while you are quiet and disconnected, simply pray, “I give everyone and everything to you, God.”

It’s a simple prayer, but a powerful one.

Nathan Pooley, Lead Pastor

Upper Room Church, Pensacola Beach

*Note from Local Pulse Editor: Nathan Pooley is a part of our Community Voices series. Community Voices is a group of Pensacola dwellers that are making a difference in our city by sharing best practices, experiences, their perspective on impactful subjects, and contributing expertise that leads to movement forward for a stronger community.