Clarity comes to me when I’m running.
I’m more of a slow jogger, if we’re being honest.
But something about getting my body moving and not having any distractions (other than trying to breathe and make sure I don’t get run over by cars) brings clarity.
I pray, think and talk to friends when I’m jogging. And so often God gives me clarity on a problem that I haven’t been able to solve or an answer to my prayers.
In a TED Talk called “How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas”, Manoush Zomorodi says, “…in the default mode is when we connect disparate ideas, we solve some of our most nagging problems, and we do something called ’autobiographical planning.’ This is when we look back at our lives, we take note of the big moments, we create a personal narrative, and then we set goals and we figure out what steps we need to take to reach them.”
Isn’t this an incredible thing that God has done in our brains?
When we slow down and take time to just let our minds have a break, we solve problems, make connections, and come up with great ideas.
Do you feel stuck on how to lead better? Mend that broken relationship? Connect with that person? Or maybe you’re stuck on a different issue.
Go for a run (or walk). Do something that you like that will allow your mind to wander. And allow God to give you some clarity.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” -Philippians 4:8