Let's face it... I'm nicer when I'm not in a hurry.
So are you.
There's really very little good about allowing our lives and our work to become consumed with hurry... which typically leads to worry... which typically leads to... things like
Forgetting my coat at church
Spilling coffee all over the white chair in the living room.. (Oops.)
Shouting at my black lab Barney for barking, "WILL YOU BE QUIET!" (hmmmm... good example to him Jeff!)
People I love not feeling very loving about me in the midst of my anxiety.
People I work with not feeling very creative around me.
People I work for not feeling much attention and deep attention. (Listening and hurry don't tend to mix well.)
When author and teacher John Ortberg took on a responsible role a number of years ago, he called his spiritual mentor and friend Dallas Willard to ask, "How do I stay spiritually healthy in the midst of all I have going on?"
Willard responds (after a big pause) "You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life."
After quickly jotting down that tidbit of wisdom, Ortberg asks, "I've got that one. What else?"
"There is nothing else. Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life."
[cryout-pullquote re kinder than that... at least they may not say it.... but they would be happy for me.)
Jesus modeled this. He was continually busy... though
At least something to consider.
I'm worried about getting it all done... whatever "it" is. Whatever "all" is. Whatever "done" is.
I don't live in NOW... because I'm afraid of what's coming in the future.
I don't trust God to provide ALL I need.
I haven't planned with much forethought.
Would you want to join this "recovering hurry addict" (me) in the journey to healing and wholeness in all of life, including work?
Hi. My name if Jeff. I am addicted to hurry. And no, I'm not proud of it.
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