Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Learning to Slow Down

I sprinted in high school. 

It wasn’t that I wanted to hurry through those years, I actually sprinted. 

I ran the 100 meter, the 400 meter, and the relays. Admittedly, I wasn’t as fast as everyone else, but I couldn’t last long enough to run cross country, so track it was, and the track I ran. 

Then, I went to college. I more than sprinted and I didn’t participate in any athletics. I finished a semester early. To be on pace was to average 12 units a semester. I took 21 units in my last. The end of college could not come fast enough. Do I regret it? No. I don’t regret starting my career early and having and edge and learning early what I didn’t want to do. Although, I do wish I spent a little more time getting to know me without a career first.

I stumbled a little bit. I hurried.

The same goes for life. 

I believe in the 10 steps forward of life, and the 4 steps back. 

Whether we realize it or not, we’re always hurrying something! If it can’t happen on our time, we’re mad, we’re frustrated, and we won’t back down. It’s at that moment, though, that we fall the hardest. We scrape our knees, our palms, and we scrunch up our foreheads, and we cry out in anger.

The truth is, we can’t hurry anything up! We have to do the work, but we can’t work harder than we’re made to, and we can’t make anything happen or anyone do anything any more quickly than the situation calls for or they are equipped to do so. 

Not only that, but some things just aren’t meant to be (maybe not now, and in some cases, not ever). I believe God is working in our lives to provide us the people who help us serve His purpose and weeds away the ones who don’t - regardless of what we think.  

Slow down. Pay attention to the view, because there are some awesome things happening around you and to you if you just pause for a moment. 

After we fall down, and we realize we’re fools for jumping ahead, the path clears just a little bit for us to see those four steps we fell back on. 

Slow down, but don’t wait. You’ll miss it if you don’t get back on your feet quick enough.

Pslam 139:16 (NIV)
“...All the days ordained for me
were written in your book 
before one of them came to be.”

Romans 12:12 (NIV)
“Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.”

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