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Intentional conversation: Worst advice?

July 29, 2012

Intentional conversation question of the day:

What is the worst advice you have ever received?

It is possible that I will change my mind next week, but right now I’d say the worst advice I’ve ever received is: Becky, hurry!!!

(Maybe at the time I was a meandering, irresponsible, lazy, distracted child and needed to pay attention to my part of the family project. I admit that such a description could have been true – a faint possibility. But once that life lesson was learned, we need not live our lives in a state of emergency.)

If you have ever left behind the rush of the freeway to peddle down a country road you understand why I give that answer. I’m just pondering other options. Think of all that is missed or lost or neglected because of haste and hurry.

 

The fastest life is not the fullest life.

We are merely moving shadow, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. Psalm 39:6

 

Jesus never hurried. And yet He finished the work that He came to do. He was focused, undistracted, purposeful, confident and peaceful. He is our example in everything – even in setting a pace for life.

 

So I’m asking myself: What are we missing or losing or neglecting because of our haste and hurry? Denying His ability to provide? Neglecting the NOW?

 “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

“It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” Psalm 127:2 (NASB)

Haste makes waste. (I know that is not in the Bible, but it’s still pretty wise.)

 

There is a cacophony of voices around us are bombarding us to do MORE next week than ever before.  What would happen if we set a goal of doing LESS next week than we did this past week? Radical idea, I know. I think I felt the earth move there for a second. But, seriously.  Just as an experiment.

In a world “addicted to speed” – are we any different? Do our calendars demonstrate our conviction that this world is not all that there is? What if we lived counter-culturally in our life pace? What if we went against the flow for just one weeklong lap to see what it’s like?

Maybe we would figure out what we are trying to avoid by all of our hustle and hurry. Are we trying to see life at a blur rather than look at it clearly? Why? In slowing down to see the details of life we might  lose the illusion that we have it all in hand and we might gain a wondrous awareness of the attention He gives to the miniscule.

 

Give yourself the gift of some peace and quiet. “Take time and live with soul and body and God all in sync.”

 

After all, we have eternity – we don’t have to do it all now.

 

In writing this blog post I’ve included quotes from Anne VosCamp’s book 1,000 Gifts.

 

 

 

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