Stop and Smell the Roses

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life” —Unknown

“The slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. It’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed. Savoring the hours and minutes rather than just counting everything.” — In the Praise of Slowness, Carl Honoré

“Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway?” — Jeremiah 2:25-35

What are we after anyway? We each have answers to this question, many of them seem justified. We have to make a living, we have to do better, we have to make changes. Things take time, and there never seems to be enough of it.

On top of our own feelings, our culture reinforces this. Life is all about making the most of our time – seeking efficiency and diligence even if we sacrifice sleep and food sometimes. We admire people who work their tails off.

As a result, when someone says to slow down, we get defensive. We don’t have time to take a break or stop and chitchat or make that visit. Don’t they get it?

When anyone addresses this issue I have a pretty distinct memory of the end of high school into college, when some lessons had not been learned. There was a handful of times where I let hard work take over visits to Iowa with my Grandma Lee. Even though I’d go, I’d spend hours alone, trying to get that next A on a paper. She understood, but when I finally prioritized time with her over my work, I felt what a difference it made.

Our faith points us to a God that conquers time. Who promises that if we seek Him, there will be enough time. If we put Him and His ways first, the rest falls into place.

“Just what are you after anyway?” Question this. Hopefully the answer always points back to our Creator. And you trust Him to prioritize the right things in life.

Find something to take slowly—call someone you haven’t in a while, sip your coffee & appreciate its warmth, actually read a couple bible verses. There’s always time in God’s eyes.

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