the unhurried life

Posted: January 9, 2008 in Uncategorized

As we begin 2008 most of us are making plans and setting goals that can, unless we are very careful, do the very opposite of what we intended.

Planning and goal-setting are not intended to speed up our life, rather to slow them down. They are not intended to add more to our lives, but to take more of the things out of our lives that don’t contribute to our long-term objectives.

There are two important things you need to know about hurry as we begin the New Year.

1. Hurry makes you stupid. Not just you, me – everyone. When you try to hurry your relationships, hurry your goals or visions, your hopes for the future; when you try to hurry God, or hurry up spiritual growth, you get really dumb, really quickly, only trying to get through rather than understanding that all these things take time. So slow down. Eliminate the things from your life that cause you to hurry.hurry.jpg

2. Hurry damages everything.It damages relationships, joy, peace, and the ability to get smarter and better at what you do. There’s nothing in life worth doing that requires you to hurry. Remember, Jesus Christ, who had the greatest mission on earth didn’t have cars, phones, faxes, the Internet, or iPhones. Yet he was able to accomplish everything God sent him to do by walking from place to place.

If you already feel overwhelmed and hurried, opt for the unhurried life; the life that knows exactly where it’s going and what it’s here to achieve. None of us are about many things, but few of us are about a few things over which we’re willing to give our best.

Feel hurried? Do a couple of these things:

1. Plan your week, not your day.
2. Pray until you feel settled and peaceful.
3. Quit doing things that you’ve been doing just because they are a part of your routine or have become habit.
4. Throw away the clutter around you; mail catalogues, emails, if you’re not going to use them, throw them away.

You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

-tom (borrowed mostly from David Foster)


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