In A Hurry?
“I’m in a hurry to get things done, Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun, All I really gotta do is live and die, But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why. I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why) ~ Alabama
When you’re young, you’re in a hurry to grow up. When you grow up, you’re in a hurry to retire. When you retire, you’re in a hurry to…do what you want, sit around, be left alone, read, sleep, relax, shop, travel, be lazy, die? What good comes from hurrying to one place only to hurry to the next only to hurry to the next? What good is a life spent hurrying it away? We are all going to die soon enough. No need to hasten our time by hurrying and rushing.
Not once have I ever imagined Jesus hurrying or rushing around Galilee. I do recall reading in the Word that Jesus would flee from those who were going to take His life before His time. And I agree, that’s a good reason to hurry off. So is that it? Is someone after your life? Is that why you hurry and rush around? Are you being chased? Is that why you drive over the posted speed limit to get where you are going? Is that why you forsake sleep and rest? Is that why you barrel past people to get what you need? There’s about as much life in hurrying and rushing around as there is in the grave, none. Jesus is not in the grave nor is He in the rat race. The rat race is defined as strenuous, wearisome, and usually competitive activity or rush. Are we competing to see who can exhaust or wear themselves out first? What are we doing hurrying and rushing around when there is no good to be found in it. Hurrying and rushing is not good for you, it is not good for your family and it is not good for anyone around you.
I wonder how much more people would live if we all would slow down when we walk, talk and drive. I wonder how much more happiness and satisfaction we would find in life. I wonder how many more people, sights and sounds we would actually see and enjoy. I wonder how much more children would learn at a slower pace. I wonder how much more the slower pace would improve the quality of families’ lives. I wonder how much more a slower pace would save lives. I wonder how much more peace and joy we would all have if we would slow down and let Jesus set the pace of our lives.
We are free standing bodies and we have the power to choose the pace we set for our lives. Set a good pace for you and your family. Slow down. Enjoy the life you see right in front of you because the truth is you may never get to where you plan to go.
Three miles is three miles whether you walk it or run it. The faster you go the quicker it ends. The same is true for life. Your life will be the length it will be whether you walk it or run it. It will go by fast if you’re hurrying and rushing around. It will be longer if you walk. Prolong your life and the life of others by slowing down. Stop and smell the roses. Feel the warmth on your skin. Feel the breeze blow through your hair. Watch the leaves fall. Listen to the birds sing. Stop hurrying and rushing around. Let Jesus set the pace of your life and live for a change.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly.