Glad to be back after about an eight day break. The Morgan family spent Christmas in the snowy mountains away from phones, responsibility and the fast paced life I’m used too. We spent an entire week doing nothing but drinking cocoa, playing games and eating (and I feel no guilt). It was great to just relax. I’ll tell you more about it tomorrow, but here are a couple of things I learned on my break.
- It’s important for me to slow down for the purpose of reflection. Busyness is often my arch enemy. The older I get the more I realize that busyness often stunts my spiritual growth. As I’ve said before, if Satan can’t make you sin, I think he’ll be content with keeping you really busy. This past week I spent some time doing what others would call “wasting some time.” It has been a great reminder that I don’t always have to run, go, buy, help, serve, sign up … sometimes I just need to rest.
- I also needed to slow down 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). Simply put, I needed to play and have some fun. I need to enjoy my wife, my children, my friends and the things God has blessed me with. I was reminded this week that I’m a very rich man. Rich with blessings.
I believe it was Oran Crain who 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.”
Two questions I’ve hunted answers for…
- Does God takes delight in seeing His children operating on the ragged edge?
- Or can we learn something from Jesus who often snuck off to be alone on regular occasions (Mark 6:31-32)?