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The acronym, H.A.L.T., is pretty neat. Halt, as you know, means to come to an abrupt stop. You've probably heard the phrase, "Halt! Who goes there?" Or maybe you've said, "The car came to a screeching halt." Stop. Halt.
The letters in the word halt testify as to what you may need to stop doing. Take a look.
Hungry. Angry. Lonely. Tired.
Let me tie it all together for you. You never want to be:
Isn't that fresh?! Now, before you go tellin' folk that I did this, well, halt. Sorry, I had to. Dr. Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries has said this for years. That's where I got it from. Dr. Stanley says that when we are too any of those four things, our tendencies to dive into one (or more) of those things in negative ways, skyrockets. And he's right.
You're thinking about a time or times where you wish you'd had this acronym. And if you had it, you're thinking of times that you should have halted so as not to have partaken in being too H.A.L.T.
Let's take a quick look at what could happen with each.
Too Hungry - Overeating. Obesity. Regret. Health issues.
Too Angry - Fighting. Violence. Hurtful words. Self abuse. Regret. Health issues.
Too Lonely - Bad company. Improper relationships. Regret. Health issues.
Too Tired - Severe errors. Lapses in judgment. Highly, costly mistakes. Regret. Health issues.
Nothing good comes from being too H.A.L.T. All the more reason that you should halt as you find yourself headed down any of those paths. And if you're saying, "Hey, I'm good with all of these" Ok. That's fine. But riddle me this: what is on your list of things that you need to halt from doing?
The good news about H.A.L.T. is this: now you know. And if you already knew, this is a reminder. It's also something for you to pass along to your kids, friends, families, coworkers, etc.
So, before you find yourself in a predicament that you could have avoided, take a minute. B.R.E.A.T.H.E. That means...siiiike! I've got no acronym for that. Maybe you do or you'll come up with one.
Seriously, before you get yourself all caught up in the game, breathe. Step back. Be still. And H.A.L.T.
I'd love to know about the acronyms that you use to improve your life or encourage you. Just list them in the comments section beneath this post.