Slowing Down Life

Slowing Down Life
by Jason Cruise

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.Psalm 27:14

Wild turkeys live on turkey time. Speed is rarely, if ever, incorporated into their day unless they feel threatened. Life, for a strutter, is lived at a slow pace.

Over the years I’ve been able to build in the discipline of throttling down my mind in order to hunt slower when playing spring “chess matches” with my feathered adversaries. Even though I am fully aware of the intense need to slow down, I’m always amazed at how often I find myself wanting to force the situation with a tom. When I do, it rarely works.

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. In today’s culture, we are all living at a pace that seems totally out of control. We are all addicted to instant communication online and through cell phones, and thus we have no capacity to slow down and disconnect.

Life, and spiritual maturity as well, cannot be microwaved. I can think of no place in Scripture where a follower of Christ is ordered to speed up life, but I can think of many places where we are encouraged to wait upon the Lord.

Think It Through

If you are in a consistent mode of hurry, ask yourself this question: Why do I feel that faster speeds are the answer to my problems?

Drawn from a devotional in the NIV Outdoorsman Bible.

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