Why The Hurry? - Habits of the Heart

Why the Hurry?

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.

Psalm 23:2

In a culture that praises a hurried lifestyle, we are tempted to believe constant activity is fulfilling and important. But hurrying doesn’t allow us to go deep, and thus it diminishes our ability to do things well.

God did not intend for us to race through the only life we have been given. If we did, we would miss those significant moments God wants us to enjoy or learn from.

The practice of slowing down is about resisting the need to always look toward the next thing. Slowing down replaces trust in our own speed and control with trust in God’s timing and control.

As you begin to practice slowing down, you may experience anxiety, unease, or irritation. Pause and talk to the Lord about those feelings. Your heart and mind will need more than a week to really slow down, but this week will introduce you to the discipline of a life that is unhurried, peaceful, and “in the moment.”

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Habits of the Heart
By Katherine J. Butler

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