"SLOW ME DOWN, LORD"

The last few of weeks I’ve gone at an unhealthy pace. Unhealthy physically, emotionally and especially spiritually. My time with God has suffered, my patience with my children has been nonexistent, and my time with my family has been very minimal.

Why do I allow myself to get that busy? Sometimes I honestly believe that if Satan can’t get me to sin, he’s content keeping me too busy. I over-schedule, over-plan and over estimate my ability to get it all done.

So sometimes we need to slow down, and then there are times we must slow down. We need to do it and not feel guilty about it. Jesus did…

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” (Mark 6:31-32)

Two reasons I need to slow down …

1 – For the purpose of reflection. Busyness is the arch enemy of spiritual growth. I need to be spending time in reflection with God. I need to spend some time doing what others would call “wasting some time.” I don’t always have to run, go, buy, help, serve, sign up … sometimes I need to pray, “Slow me down, Lord.”

2 – For the purpose of enjoyment. I believe there is room in my theology for enjoying things that are fun. Part of the value of “slowing down” is rediscovering what leisure is all about (1 Timothy 6:17). I need to enjoy my wife, my children and the things God has blessed me with.

Oran Crain wrote: “Slow me down, Lord. Remind me each day that the race is not always to the swift; That there is more to life than increasing it’s speed. Let me look upward into the branches of the towering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.”

I believe with all my heart God takes no delight in seeing His children operating on the ragged edge.

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I’m thankful that my family and I had a chance to sneak off last Thursday – Saturday to the Henderson ranch. The house was empty. No one was around for miles. There was no television and no phone. It was a breath of fresh air. We played games, rode four-wheelers, fed the cows and horses (had one try and come in the house with us), fished, talked and sat around and did absolutely nothing. It felt good. Real good.

Thank you Henderson’s for sharing and allowing us to get away. Here’s a few pictures of our fun if you want to take a look (click here).

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  1. Messianic Gentile says:

    Peace, brother.

    Many blessings…

  2. Monalea says:

    Thanks Trey,
    Sometimes it takes God slowing me down with the flu or other illness before I really slow down. We live in a face paced America that says go, go, go. Sometimes I feel like it is a sin to just do nothing. The scripture “Be still and know that I am God” can’t be done at the pace I go. Would that make go, go, go, a sin?
    Love ya man!

  3. Stachia says:

    Slow down.. What does that mean?
    Stachia

  4. lisa leichner says:

    As you might remember from things I’ve said on my own blog, I have a tendency to over-do, over-schedule, over-everything! I just take on more & more until I reach a breaking point, which I’ve reached this past week. A friend of mine (who has a similar tendency yet worries about mine) told me yesterday of a proverb that stuck out at her yesterday that she’s never taken much notice of before. It was Proverbs 11:25: “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” After reading that, I realized that in the past couple of days, two things had happened to help refresh me, and it was obvious that it was God’s hand refreshing me. But it required me taking a step of acceptance, willingly stepping down from something or relinquishing a responsibility to someone else, so that I could be refreshed and spend more time with my family. Thank you, God, for refreshing me!!

  5. Marie says:

    I am so glad you got the opportunity to slow down and not only spend time with your family,but to meet with God. As Monlea stated, we live in a fast paced society. If only we could slow down and take in the small things. I am certain that when my kids are grown and away I will slow down. 😉

  6. DJG says:

    You could probably post this every week and help many of us….It seems to be the “American disease”.

  7. john dobbs says:

    Great post. Trey, I have had to do something I swore I would never do – become an early bird. I have found that the only peaceful hours of the day are before sunrise. I sit in my chair and read Scripture, pray, sit silently and listen for God’s guidance while watching the sunrise. A few times I have slept late and thought I’d get to it later… doesn’t happen. Slowing down is hard work. Glad you got to have a getaway…beautiful family … Margaret and I are talking about taking a trip sometime soon just to have some time together.

  8. Liz Moore says:

    Weekends with family where you have absolutely nothing to do are the best weekends ever and some of the greatest memories. There is an old song that mentions “You’ve got to stop and smell the roses”. Sometimes we just need to stop and breathe. God has given us so many things to just stop and enjoy. And in our busyness (myself included) we miss out on so much. I glad you got to enjoy the beauty of God with your family.

  9. Brian Nicklaus says:

    sorry, didn’t have time to read the post, could you summarize it in one sentence and send it to me in an email and I will get to it when i can

  10. lisa leichner says:

    Oh, would you be serious for a change, Brian?? *sigh*

  11. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Brian you are funny!
    We are going to Tulsa a couple of days early for a family vacation. We are looking forward to an easier going trip.
    I grew up with a work ethic of idleness is the devil’s work. So I have a hard time not feeling guilty when I slow down. Actually my time on the computer is my slow down time and it is beneficial for me to get restored.
    You forgot to leave an answer to what is you favorite part about your wife….
    Kathy

  12. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey, yes, it is great to recharge and refresh. Nature is a great way to do it.

    Brian, personally I enjoyed the tongue in cheek.

  13. The Preacher's Household: says:

    BTW, Trey the question was addressed to you not Brian about your spouse. Brian must have forgotten he had answered Kathy’s question. He answered twice. And as a second thought, thank you Trey for the courage to have a conversation taht needs to be had, for kidn words for … Just thank you.
    James

  14. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brian … you can tongue and cheek around here anyday. And I’m working on reducing this to cliff notes so we can get it down to a nutshell.

    Quick questions – “Why do we feel like we have to be busy every moment of every day?”

    Any thoughts?

  15. NB says:

    Glad your family got to take a break! Beautiful pictures!

  16. NB says:

    Trey,
    I think we feel that if we aren’t busy, we aren’t being productive.

    The past few weeks I’ve been trying to learn to live in “today” instead of always trying to live in the future. It definitely means slowing down and enjoying the now.

  17. Brian Nicklaus says:

    we equate worth to productivity instead of being.

    it’s modernism, Henry Ford assembly lines, consumerism, bottom-line business sense which has taken over most Christian universities and more than a few churches,etc. and etc.

    full parking lots and a full schedule of activities and programs has become the sign of a healthy, lively, good church. it may or may not be. that’s not how God defines success.

    His Church is called to be faithful, not huge. Huge might happen, but that isn’t up to us. We work and work and work trying to grow a church and talk about what great preachers have done in growing big churches. Well, what about God. Doesn’t HE give the increase?

    there, Lisa, are you happy? and it’s not even Serious Thursday yet.

  18. NB says:

    Someone once told me: “Learn to work smart hours not long hours.” It was great advice. But it’s difficult to put into practice sometimes.

    Brian, you are right! We DO equate worth to productivity. Sad…but true.

  19. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Brian, I think you hit a nail on the head. Worth. It may not be the only answer but is probably one of the big ones.

    Trey, Other possible answers:
    1. It seems to take forever to get something done sometimes. I have to keep doing it over and over to get it established. Building habits takes time and patience.
    2. Things are pressing. Jesus was pressed. He had to make an effort to get away.
    3. Our society/culture. It may be good not to get in a hurry so much but, I have seen the frustrating situation when the attitude is “unless tommorrow”. In many parts of Africa things are left undone because they just haven’t gotten to it. No electricity, running water, … These are not essential to life but I think we are better off for having the conviences which allow us to acomplish more. We just have to remember to use thing not let them control us.
    James

  20. Gallagher says:

    Trey,

    May the Lord of all refuge bless you and your family with His continual presence in the misdt of trying times. Through His unyielding love, we find the true north on our spiritual compass.

    You are in our prayers!

    Relaxation and reflection is necessary to spread the gospel to a crazy world. Jesus did it, why shouldn’t we.

    God bless!

  21. Neva says:

    Trey,
    I am not sure we were made to pray in the whirlwind. Although that is the place most have to be in order to call on God. How much more intimate to be with Him in the calm.
    Good post,
    Peace
    Neva

  22. TREY MORGAN says:

    I think it’s a productive thing too. We feel like we have to be busy to be successful.

    Thanks NB, and Gallagher. Also, Lisa … Brian’s got some good stuff. Great thoughts there. Maybe we should only let him “tongue and cheek” once a day.

    :)

  23. Monalea says:

    I had a wise person tell me once, “You don’t spend quite time by youself because you don’t really like yourself.” I found out he was right. I had to work through some things so I would like to spend time alone with me and like me.

  24. TREY MORGAN says:

    Pretty wise person there… Monalea

  25. Doug Lester says:

    Trey,
    As I was searching for a poem I thought was by Orin Crain I found your site and discovered we were on the same wave length today. It is good to slow down and breathe.
    Doug at http://www.newchristianity.ca/Blog/tabid/36/EntryID/126/Default.aspx

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