5 Reasons You Really Need To Slow Down

1. A hurried life prevents us from knowing God.

Last night, I read a book to my boys called Where Is God? The words hit me hard, so much so that I read them again after the boys went to sleep. Listen to this.

“Where is God…God is in the beginning…in the tiny hands of a baby…Where is God?…God is in the end…in the last bite of birthday cake…Where is God? God is in the world…God is everywhere…wherever we look.”

A hurried world has no time for looking, no space to notice God. Life is about the next thing, the next event, the next item on our to-do list.

God is wherever we look, but are we looking for Him?

2. A hurried life decreases compassion and empathy.

Compassion and empathy are similar, but different. Compassion sees the suffering or pain of another person and has a desire to help. Empathy sees the emotions of another person and feels the same thing.

Compassion and empathy disappear in hurried cultures. Rather than helping our neighbor or listening to our hurting friend or co-worker, we resort to “pick up your boot straps” and “get over it” attitudes, the very opposite of Jesus.

Jesus always made space for compassion, regardless of the demands around him. He welcomed children, fed thousands of hungry people, and was continually side-tracked to heal the sick and talk with outcasts.

How frustrating would Jesus have been for an event planner?

What do you feel when you see someone hurting? What’s your response to someone with a different perspective? What about the outcasts and marginalized? Are you more inclined to stop and listen or judge them for not trying hard enough, making bad choices, etc.?

3. A hurried life increases anxiety, depression, and addiction.

Through my American lens, it seems like Jesus wasted most of his life. He was baptized at the age of 30, and immediately after went into the wilderness for 40 days?

Jesus could have performed miracles long before 30, and his following might have been larger. Who knows, more people might know Jesus today if he started his ministry earlier.

That’s a no-brainer, God. Maybe you need an expert on time-management to help you steward the life of Jesus?

What’s that, God?…Yeah, you made the stars…Yeah, you were here long before me…You’re right, having someone you created consult you sounds silly.

The 30 years Jesus spent in obscurity weren’t wasted years. God was developing important virtues in Jesus…patience and self-control.

Temptation is, in essence, a decrease in the time between impulse and action. It should come as no surprise that anxiety, depression, and addiction plague a hurried culture. “Even instant gratification takes too long,” as actress Carrie Fisher once said.

Tell us to wait or wrestle with tension and pain rather than medicate it, and you might as well told us to backhand slap a baby.

Could it be the 30 years prior to Jesus’s ministry and the 40 days in the wilderness created a gap between impulse and action so wide he was never mentally or spiritually capable of sin? Not to say Jesus wasn’t physical susceptible to attack, but when Satan approached him, he was seasoned with years of patience and self-control, preventing his mind and heart from acting on the physical impulses.

If so, maybe it’s time we stopped looking at obscurity and wilderness, tension and pain as negatives.

5. A hurried life leads to a superficial, meaningless existence.

When things happen too fast, nobody can be certain about anything, about anything at all, not even about himself.Milan Kundera

When things happen too fast, nobody can be certain about anything, about anything at all, not even about himself.Milan Kundera

“Purpose” is a trendy word in today’s culture, and rightfully so, we were created for something larger than ourselves. But in a hurried world, a purposeful life is more elusive than the Loch Ness Monster.

Here’s why.

Your purpose is unique to you. It’s an outpouring of your passion and gifts. Uncovering these requires introspection, looking inside yourself. It requires stillness and time with God.

Busy people have no time for introspection and stillness, and the result is a world of copy-cats and posers. A hurried world would rather imitate someone than become the unique men and women God created us to be.

We can be sure we’re moving at an unhealthy speed when we’re more concerned with what we’re doing than who we’re becoming, more concerned with external validation than integrity.

And we can be sure a meaningless, self-seeking existence awaits us unless we learns to slow down.

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Your life’s pace matters. And I don’t believe the costs of a hurried life are worth the rewards. The fast isn’t necessarily the good life. A more productive life isn’t necessarily a more meaningful one.

I love you all. To God be the glory forever. Amen!

Source: Faithit