Thursday, August 13, 2009

Whats your hurry?

Everyone seems to be in such a hurry. At times instead of living in the moment, we are too overworried about the next. We are in a hurry for everything. We can't seem to wait until our children are walking, we can't wait until they can play alone and intertain themselves. We can't wait for school to begin, and some cannot wait for work to begin to get them out of the house. We can't wait while our mother is cooking dinner, we have to have something before hand. We can't seem to wait in line over a minute. We think it is a tragedy to wait while someone is in front of us. If we are in traffic, we become mad and irritated.Sadly, we can't even wait for church to be over so we can get on with all we have to do today, instead of just soaking up God and worshipping Him without a time limit. We cannot put a time limit on the Holy Spirit. We can't wait for vacation, only for it to go by so fast we miss the point of what vacation is. A time to relax, a time to slow down, a time to enjoy all that is in front of you. We are in a hurry for everything, there is nothing that is untouched by being hurried except spreading the gospel.That should be the one thing that we are in a hurry to do, and it seems to be the last on our list. When we wake in the morning we run through all we have to do, all we have to get done to begin all over again the next day, so when you open your eyes, are you thinking,"Who should I go to today Lord, and where do you want me to go?" We are in such a hurry getting done the things for "Me", we aren't concerned about what Christ has for us to do today. As we look back in time, some think it was a more simple. It wasn't. They woke reading God's word, they began their days with Christ, then their work began. They didn't have the easy button as we do today, they labored, they toiled over their farms and worked hard for others. When someone was building a new home or a barn, they didnt go out and find someone to do it, the whole community came together and had a barn raising, a house building and the women made meals for all who came. When your neighbor was in need, you went and stayed and helped until all was settled. But there was also time for fun, they made time for each other, they didn't think about just me and my circle.They weren't living as to be ahead of the Jones', and they weren't living above their means trying to have all the world offered. You can travel to The Waltons who told a story of life during that time. God came first, and then family. They had their priorities in order. They knew what had to be done, but they also took time out for those around them. Those times were not more simple, they were more focused on morals, and virtue. They lived lives dedicated to Christ and His children. Christ was taught in school, and school was hard work. Everything had its place and time.Children weren't raising parents, parents were raising their children, and their children had respect for them. Moving forward teaches us many things, but when we move forward so fast, we leave behind the important things, Christ and love for your neighbor. We seem to get on the highway and the speed limit keeps increasing, so we can keep going faster to our destination to where? My son and I were driving a few days ago. We live on country roads, and while we are driving along at the speed limit, here comes a girl driving so fast she almost hits us as she is passing us along with three more cars. What was her big hurry? Was it worth taking the chance of costing another life or her own? As we drove, I could still see her at a distance. She ended up getting behind another car going the speed limit. As we entered our turning place, there she was at the same spot we were. She, in her hurry thought she was getting there faster, but in the long run, we still made it at the same time. For me, I think of what her hurrying could have cost, and has cost many people on our country roads, others lives. When we are in such a hurry to run in the store, drop off our kids, pick up the mail, take little Johnny to his game, and meet the needs of everyone around us, we lose something, we lose the blessings around us. We don't stop to think how fast time is speeding around us already, and instead of us slowing down, letting some things go, and taking our time, we miss out on special blessings that we could have enjoyed for a moment, but instead we passed them up to get done so quickly. We are not in a competition to see who gets to the end first, we aren't in competition to see who works the hardest, to see who the best mom is, to see who does the most in a day. We are servents of Christ first. His work and His will should come first. Spreading the gospel should be at the top of our list. As Mark Twain so brilliantly said,"We may be the only Bible people read." Our actions and our lives speak volumes to those who are watching us. Its not about who can have the biggest house, who can bring in the most money, who can travel the world, or who can party the most, its all about Christ. If we slow down enough to enjoy our lives, we will feel the greatest joy ever, we will really feel and see Christ in our lives. This has been a learning process for me, and as almost all of our children are grown, you look back and wish you had taken more time to enjoy the silly stuff, the things that make you laugh, and the things that bring about wonderful memories for a lifetime. Today as you are going about your day, take the time to think about what you could let go of to make more time for the important things. Each moment in time is a gift, and how we spend it, is a reflection of our relationship with Christ. Its okay not to go the speed limit, its okay to slow down and be in the slow lane. Being in the fast lane might get you there a little quicker, but think of all the blessings you are missing with each inch of your quickness..."And Jesus came and spoke to them saying,'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make desciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all thngs that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20 "Jesus said to him,'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:37-40


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