Slow Down for Peace
Whew...the last few days have been b-u-s-y. They've been good days...but busy days. And I haven't had a chance to sit and write. So now I'm really behind on this writing challenge, and it looks like I won't make the full 31 posts for this series. And really, I'm ok with that. Because every day I have to make choices about how to spend my time. And sometimes writing on this little blog just doesn't make the cut. And that's ok.
I've lived too many days in the hurt of the hurry. Running around with an impossibly long list of things to do and accomplish...with a schedule so packed with activities and projects that I felt like I was spinning. Too much stress and not enough sleep and sacrificing the important things on the altar of the urgent things.
For too many days.
And I can still very easily fall into a very hectic pace if I am not intentional about slowing down and making intentional choices about how to spend my time. And when the days are busy, when I'm in a "busy season", I have to be even more intentional and purposeful with my time or my soul begins to pay the price...and my family begins to suffer as a result.
Our culture is very fast-paced...we're always late for something somewhere, always hurrying from one thing to another. But in all that hurry to keep up with the urgent things of each day, I'm afraid we sometimes neglect the important things. And I think maybe a red flag that this is happening...that our pace is too busy and our soul is too hurried...is when peace is missing from our days.
When we're so busy doing that we don't spend time being, our souls ache and peace becomes elusive.
It has taken me a very long time to learn how to slow down. I'm still not really great at it. But I am learning to be much more sensitive to those warning signs in my soul when my pace becomes too hurried, when my doing exceeds my being.
Slowing down the pace and making space in my day to be with Jesus...that brings peace to my soul, even in the middle of the busy days.
I like this verse from 1 Timothy 2: "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people...that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way." (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
This is the kind of life worth pursuing: a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. What a prayer for today, and for every day! I have a feeling that if I pursued this kind of life every day, my pace would slow and my focus would shift and all those urgent things that keep pressing in and demanding my time and energy wouldn't drown out the most important things.
So today I'm making intentional choices...choices to slow down, to care for my soul, to fellowship with Jesus, and to have peace. Writing a little blog post made the cut today, but it may or may not make the cut tomorrow. I may write every day for the rest of October...or may not. I may end up with only 20 days instead of 31...or only 17...and that's ok. :)