I like to run with my three huskies. Each dog knows their spot well. Kona is outside left because he likes to run next to me. Sumatra is in the middle because she must be out front. Yukon is on the right, just behind Sumatra to follow her lead.
On occasion the leashes get tangled. This happens most when we are stopped at a traffic light, and they are sniffing around. It also happens if the dogs get distracted by another animal or scent.
Tangled leashes can be dangerous. The dogs can get their legs caught and a runner can easily trip. Sometimes they can be untangled while running simply by pulling one dog back and then letting them go back into their spot. Now and then it is necessary to stop and get the lines arranged properly. On a rare occasion it is necessary to unclip leashes to get things sorted out.
This is life
We get our priorities mixed up and it is necessary to get things put back in the proper order. If we don’t we hurt those around us and can put our own lives in danger. Sometimes it can be done on the run. Other times we must stop. In some instances, it is necessary to unclip everything and intentionally put things back into our lives. There should be no guilt or shame in taking time stop and figure out priorities. Jesus and Paul spoke about this.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33, ESV)
“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2 Corinthians 13:5, ESV)
Are your priorities in order? Do you need to rearrange some things on the go? Perhaps stop and work out a plan to be more intentional?
Maybe you need a break?