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14 August - The Importance Of Eliminating Hurry

Isn’t it strange that with all our modern technology, appliances, vehicles and opportunities for a less stressful and laborious life very few of us live totally free from the pressure to hurry through our day?

But how much do we miss hurrying through life, only keeping to the shallows in our learning, relationships, conversations and thoughts?

Perhaps, it's not only about how fast we can go, but how far and how deep”.

It’s easy to only think about how quickly we can achieve and get things done, rather than the importance of doing things well; thinking deeply, of steadfastness, consistency and faithfulness.

The world in contrast cries out for speed and immediate results and we can grow to love the quick, instant success stories, overlooking the strength and wisdom gained in lasting the distance.

For there is a lot of growth and character to be gained as a person by going deeper and further in our relationships, in our revelations and the knowledge of not only going fast in life but far and deep.

There’s wisdom in God’s admonition to “be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

In other words take ample time in your life to, "be quiet, to sit and wait, to be steadfast, and to take refuge and rest in God and His love and goodness.

Goals, schedules, good time management and feeling accomplished are all important. However, it is also good to regularly examine our lifestyles and habits and whether we are finding it difficult to slow down.

Can we undertake only one task at a time, enjoy a leisurely meal, just go for a stroll, rather than a power walk, take the time to really listen when people are talking and live in the moment?

Because incessant hurrying will take a toll on our spiritual, physical, mental and emotional health. “Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” (Dallas Willard)

Today, take some much-needed time to “be still, and know that He is God”. Ask God to set your pace rather than the world and all the demands on your time.

He knows the beginning from the end and everything in between and He promises that He will guide and direct your steps. Cast your load and cares upon him, slow down a little, and let God teach you how to go deeper and further as you eliminate hurry.

I will say of the Lord, my refuge and my fortress, My God in whom I trust”. (Psalm 91:2)

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7)

Prayer: Lord I give you my schedule and need to hurry and ask that you instead lead and direct my steps. You know everything I need to be doing and what is truly important, so please help me to listen and follow your directions so that I can go deeper and further in my life. In Jesus name amen.

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