Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. – Psalm 37:7
We are hurried. We are hurried when we drive. We’re hurried when we eat. We’re hurried when we pay and fumble our money at Starbucks because don’t want the person behind us to have an extra ten seconds. We rush. All of this we do with the idea that we’re saving time. We’re not saving time, we’re serving time. Like in a prison. You are serving time. It’s time to stop.
Now you can be responsible. You ought to be on time, but this whole idea that my whole life is ruled by a clock, that I have to hurry, that I have to rush, that time is a commodity that needs to be saved, that needs to be served, it’s over. Stop doing it. It’s time to stop worrying and trust one simple thing: this life will end and it will end very quickly if you hurry through it. It will end very quickly if you do not savor it, enjoy it, or live to your full calling. It will end very quickly if you are constantly worried and hurried. It’s time to relax and enjoy your life, even when you work hard. We carry worry in our bodies. We wake up hurried. We go to bed hurried. We do our work hurried. This is a feeling, it’s an emotion that exists in our bodies and it’s ruining our joy. It’s ruining our compassion, not only as Christians, but as people in general.
The modern world is addicted to hurrying! We are so driven that we never stop and enjoy the very simple things. It’s time to stop hurrying.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me just as I am. Help me to stop hurrying. Help me to share your love with the people around me. Amen.
REFLECTION: What do I hurry through every day? How can I slow down and show compassion to those around me?