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Monday, February 16, 2009

Why the big hurry?

Jesus was never in a hurry. He was never stressed about getting “things” done. And yet the Bible says that if all He did was written down the world could not contain the books that would be written. (John 21:25)

What? You mean that in His 3 ½ years of ministry there were no, “Come on boys! Let’s get this camp packed up. We’ve got places to go, people to see! Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!”

Now it wouldn't make much sense for the Prince of Peace to be so stressed out would it?

He told us that He gave us that same peace so we too can move from assignment to assignment with ease and a steady calm.

Hurrying affects you in so many ways. I notice when I hurry I have a tendency to mess some things up.

A couple weeks ago my husband and I were having some car trouble and had to rent a car half way to Orlando. On our way back we had a slight emergency with some construction that was underway at our new office. Therefore when we dropped off the rental to pick up our car we were in a bit of a hurry. And it was raining. As we were slinging our luggage from one car to the next, my sunglasses, being loosely secured on my person, fell onto the asphalt scratching them up something awful. If they would have been cheap sunglasses, no big deal. But they weren’t. (Note to self: be more careful with expensive gifts from husband.)

Hurrying will not only affect the things in your life, more importantly it will affect your spiritual life. This Jesus knew. Rushing through life leaves no time to be still and know God.

Jesus was always ready to hear the voice of God at any given moment throughout His day and yet He was still able to get the job done, remaining calm and in control.

Calm… cool…. and collected…. that’s how I desire to live. Am I always successful? Ummmm ….no. But today I purpose to set my pace with Jesus’.

And the next time you see me, yes that will be scratches you see on my sunglasses.

Lesson learned.

Slow down.

Calm down.

Walk as Jesus walked!


Reflection:

What causes you to hurry through life? What steps can you take (planning ahead, delegating, etc.) to help prevent you from feeling you can't slow down?

What are you missing out on because you are racing through every day? A shared moment with a child, the beauty in a sunset, a little peace or just maybe the still small voice of your Father?

Until next time
I'm slooowwwingggg down,
Tina

1 comment:

In Christ Alone said...

Good Word Tina...for a few years I lived my life in a hurry...my stomach was in knots most of the time....I regret some of the mistakes I made with my kids by not being patient all the time....still not where I want to be in that area, but thank God not where I used to be. Thank you Prince of Peace!!!!!!!!