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.
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.
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).