Slow Down

The pace of life is eroding the stability of families. It makes good people act crazy and makes otherwise healthy individuals become susceptible to sickness, to broken relationships, to sin. The old adage “speed kills” no longer refers only to drivers on the highway.

Families today are severely tired. We are too busy and too distracted to find much hope unless we undergo some drastic “family overhaul.” What happens when our families run too fast for too long? The hurry and busyness of life can be the great destroyers of an otherwise healthy family. The philosopher in the previous century, Carl Jung put it this way: “Hurry is not of the Devil; hurry is the Devil.” Decades later Richard Foster wrote, “Our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in ‘muchness’ and ‘manyness,’ he will rest satisfied.”

Let’s face it: Everything is more dangerous at high speed. When we are overly tired, we tend to become numb to what matters most in our life. We settle for mediocrity in our primary relationships with God, our spouse, our kids, our extended family, and our friendships. The saddest part is that many of us are just too busy to care. When we are overcommitted, we postpone or cut short what matters most. Our to-do list seems necessary and unavoidable. We feel like we can never escape the persistent presence of bills, schedules, and other responsibilities. This ever-increasing pace of life turns even the best people into machines and greatly reduces our general level of happiness and fulfillment.

Choosing to cut back from the busy pace we live our lives can be difficult and involves tough choices. It requires the courage of your conviction that cutting back is in the best interest of your life and those of your family, even when doing so is contrary to what we so often see as the norm in today’s culture. Today, go against the flow. Slow down! Or, you will be saying something like what Job said; “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:25-26)


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