Tuesday, May 25, 2010

God is Not in a Hurry

*I just came across this article today. It reminded me how of important it is to continually put God FIRST in my life. If  I want to live a happy, healthy, and productive life in Him, it requires balance that only He can provide. I need this reminder more than all of you combined! Hope you find the time to read and enjoy. God bless you!*

Slow Down and Enjoy Your Life
by Joyce Meyer

I believe Jesus lived in an unhurried manner, allowing Himself to be aware of what was going on around Him and tune in to the needs of others.

I don’t think He ever rushed from one thing to the next or was impatient with people whoweren’t moving as fast as He wanted. We too need this kind of calm and spiritual sensitivity if we want to be aware of what’s going on around us and meet the needs of others. But in order to do this, we must learn to slow down.

Rushing has become a disease of epidemic proportion in today’s society. It is a problem that creates pressure, which in turn creates stress and ends up affecting not only us, but also everyone around usIf we want to be at peace with ourselves and enjoy everyday life, we must stop constantly rushing from one thing to the next. While this may not be easy, it is possible with God’s help. Here are some godly principles that will help heal the "disease" of hurry in your life.

Good Thoughts—God’s Peace

The habit of rushing develops the same way as everything else we do—it begins in our mind. Proverbs 23:7 says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. You and I will never enjoy the calm, unhurried lives that God intends for us to have until we learn to think in a calm and unhurried way. One thought pattern we need to avoid as much as possible is thinking I have to hurry. When we are rushing, we often make mistakes that end up costing us more time in the end than if we had remained calm. I like what Proverbs 21:5 says in The Message: Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.

Rushing also has a negative effect on our relationships. When we have a hurried mindset, we aren’t able to listen and be sensitive to the needs and desires of others. One thing you and I can do to help change these harmful thought patterns is make positive confessions. For instance, if you get up in the morning and start feeling rushed, say,"I am glad I don’t have to hurry. I will do things today at a pace that enables me to enjoy each task and be sensitive to the people around me."

Now, I realize there are times when you and I feel we have no choice but to rush. However, the Bible teaches us to call things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17 NIV). When we say, "I am so sick and tired of being in a hurry all the time," we may be stating a fact, but our circumstances can change. God has a better way for us to live and it starts with developing a daily habit of saying what you want to have,not what you currently haveI encourage you to take a step of faith and begin declaring what you want to have, not just what you have right now.

Good Morning—God’s Pace

I’ve found that the way my day begins sets the pace for the whole day. If I start the morning in a hurry, everything inside me goes into high gear, and I never seem to slow down or relax the rest of the day. On the other hand, if I slow down and enjoy my morning—spending time with God and not rushing to get dressed and out of the house—the whole day goes better. Psalm 90:14 says, O satisfy us with Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning…, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. It is unlikely that we will rejoice and be glad all our days if we are hurrying through them as fast as we can.

The simple truth is our pace of living affects the quality of our lives, and God did not create you and me to rush around and live under pressure day after day. When we eat too fast, we don’t properly digest our food. When we rush through life, we don’t properly digest our experiences either. Our life is a gift from God, and He means for us to slow down and enjoy it!

Good Limits--God's Balance 

You and I can always do what we are called to do, but we can’t do everything we would like to do. And we certainly can’t always do what other people expect us to do. We have limits! We need to know what our limits are and not be ashamed to admit we have them. God gives us the gifts, talents, energy and grace to do what He wants us to do. When we try to keep up with someone else, or rush around doing things God never asked us to do, it keeps us from being ourselves and enjoying life. I know from personal experience that it can even make us physically ill.

I thrive on activity, and I am normally a very busy person. God has given me an abundance of passion and energy for what I’m called to do, but I still have limits. When I spent years pushing past them, I eventually became ill and discouraged. I finally realized it was not wrong to have limits, and I learned to make choices to live within them. Living beyond our limits will eventually damage not only our bodies, but also the relationships that are important to us.

I find it interesting that according to James Dobson, overcommitment is the number one killer of marriages. Satan is happy to keep us out of balance, trying to get us to do more than we should. God warns us of this in 1 Peter 5:8 saying, Be well balanced…for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring…seeking someone to… devour. I believe that the devil can’t devour just anyone. He has to find someone who is out of balance. When we don’t make conscious decisions to live within our limits, we become easy prey for the enemy.

There were many days when I was out of balance. I worked so hard and hurried so much that if I took a vacation, it was almost over by the time I geared down enough to enjoy it. Fortunately, I finally realized that my life, and the relationships God put in it, are too precious to let rush by.

If you are suffering from the disease of hurry, why not give yourself a gift and learn to live by God’s rhythm rather than live at the world’s pace. Change the way you start your day. Examine your thoughts and learn to live within your limits. You’ll enjoy your life a lot more all year round! 

This article was such a blessing to me. I pray it was for you too. God bless you!


3 loving comments:

Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

Greetings, Laura!

What a great article! Thanks for sharing (I just love Joyce!!!). What really hits me is the not rushing.....I think so many times we can miss the Holy Spirit because we are in such a hurry. I hate when someone asks me, "How ya doing?" and then doesn't even slow down to make eye contact to hear HOW I am doing!!!!! I really try to be conscience of this and pay attention to others. In our generation today, I think people really NOTICE when someone slows down enough to pay attention to her/him.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by yesterday and thanks for your SWEET comments on my blog.

You said:
"I love Him so much for how deeply He cares about every single tiny, intimate detail of our lives. He is such a lovin Heavenly Father."

AMEN and AMEN!!! :)

Blessings, sweet sister!

Barbara Jean said...

Wonderful post, and great reminder of something we all probably know, but forget.

Came over from Dawn's and so glad she told us about you.

barbara jean

Heather said...

This is something I really need to remember to do! Maybe I should make a list of these points and post them on my fridge!

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