It’s easy to develop the habit of hurrying.
An inner voice screams, “I’ve got to do it NOW, I’m running out of time!”
When I talk to people, or overhear others’ conversations, they say, “I just don’t have time” or “I’m so busy, I don’t know what to do”.
I have said it myself more than once.
For most of us in America it seems that we rush from place to place, from event to event, from meal to meal, from crisis to crisis.
But when I read the Gospels I don’t feel a sense of rush at all.
Jesus expressed urgency when proclaiming that the kingdom of God was near, but He was never in a hurry.
He walked everywhere He went even though His was the most important ministry ever executed on the earth and it would have been much more efficient to choose a faster mode of transportation.
The message I receive from His life in this regard is that the journey is as important as the destination.
We justify our lifestyle by claiming we have no control.
We just can’t help the fact that our cell phones ring, that we have to go here or there and that we can’t seem to get a handle on our schedules.
I think that as Christ followers, God would say: “Choose!”
We do have control over how we spend our time.
It is true that we have to fulfill our God-given responsibilities and that may include work-hours we can’t choose. But even those who work full-time have many hours that they direct.
How many conversations do we neglect with the very people God has put in our path because our minds are focused on the next thing?
How many times are we multi-tasking with our phones or Ipads and missing a divine appointment to show the love of Jesus to someone right in front of us?
God has not called us to be a people out of breath, with no energy or heart for the ministry He has given us.
He is the Lord of the Sabbath-the King of Peace and the Giver of Rest. He invites us to join Him and to take His yoke upon us-a yoke neither heavy nor cumbersome.
In Jeremiah, God called Israel back to Himself with these words:
Thus says the Lord; Stand by the roads and look; and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; then walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls
Jeremiah 6: 16
Our techno-toys should be used as tools not as taskmasters.
The activities that fill our calendars should be evaluated in light of the greater call God has on our lives, not chosen just because our friends are doing them.
We need to do “first things first” and make room for people before things and conversation before commerce.
We are free in Christ to choose.
Abundant life is a gift of God to be experienced right now, right where we are.
When we refuse to get sucked into the “busy-ness” of our culture, we open up a world of possibility to be the people God has called us to be.