Monday, March 30, 2015

Lessons from Rest: Slow Down Please

We move too fast - at least I do. If you live in the United States, (and perhaps other countries, but I can't comment on that since I live here), we value busyness. As Americans we are born and bred in a country that values hard work, material things, and status. We work hard and play hard, and honor and respect those who do these things. We say we value relationships, but only to a certain point. In fact, it almost appears to me that we, (myself included), wear this "busyness" as a badge of honor. The busier you are, the better. We brag about it. We "one up" each other over who has the most hectic schedule. The implication is that the person with the most hectic schedule, the "busiest", is the best. Hmmm...I wonder...

Have you every heard anyone say, "I have too much time. I wish I was busier, but I just can't find anything to do." Maybe some of us think that from time to time but we'd never, ever, say that publicly. Why? Because we'd be ridiculed and judged for being "lazy."

Funny, I've found something to be true. This truth cuts across all lines. It doesn't matter where you're from; no matter your ethnicity, age, gender, personality, introvert or matter your job, status, or financial matter if you live on an island or the mainland, on the coast or in the city or in the suburbs or in the country...this truth cuts across everything. Want to know what it is? Here is this earth-shattering, profound truth that I have discovered...

We all have the same amount of time. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Why do I point this out? Because some of us, many of us, maybe almost all of us are guilty of thinking that we somehow have "less time" than others. Again, it's a "badge" - something we brag about. Think about it. How many times have you said "I don't have time for that..."

What if I approached you and said "friend, I'm painting my house tomorrow...can you help?" You'd probably say "I don't have time, I'm too busy, we already have plans to ______."

What if I approached you and said "friend, I just won an all-expenses paid trip to Maui and want you and your family to come. The whole thing is paid for. We leave tomorrow." You'd probably say, "I'll cancel all my appointments and pack my bags."

My point? I just proved my point. We always make time for the things that are important to us. So my question is this; is taking care of yourself important to you? Is fueling your soul important? Is spending time with the one who gave His life for you important?

Or maybe the better question is this;
1) what do you currently make time for?
2) what do you need to "stop doing" in order to make time for something better?

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