Slowing Down in a World of Hurry
Our world moves at such a fast pace. We race through our weeks trying to get as much done before the weekend, just to fill our weekends with more work, and the cycle repeats itself over and over. It’s exhausting, but we don’t have to stay stuck in this cycle. This life of hurry and stress isn’t the life we’ve been called to live. It definitely isn’t the way Jesus lived! Living like Jesus looks like living a life of peace and not hurry. 24:7 staff recently read The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, by John Mark Comer and it was a big help in figuring out how to slow life down and the following will mostly be takeaways from that. I highly recommend reading John Mark Comer’s book if you’re wanting to grow in recognizing and defeating hurry in your life, but in the meantime, I hope this helps.
First and foremost is getting to the root of why you feel the need to be hurried. Some people are built in a way that allows for a more packed schedule, but that never means that a person should feel like they’re in a constant rush and unable to turn off their brain. So, figuring out the why. Naturally, pray about it. If you don’t have a solid answer for why you feel the need to be constantly busy, ask Jesus to open your eyes and show you the root. Lots of the things that keep us busy are good things, it’s only when our busy schedule takes the place of Jesus and time with Jesus that it becomes a problem. So, take that to Christ and ask him to change your heart to be for him alone and for your schedule to reflect that.
Next step, you’ve realized that your schedule is packed, but just can’t seem to figure out what you can say no to. Sit down with a friend and have an honest conversation about the different things you have your time committed to! Make sure to be honest about the why behind each thing you do. Ask them to speak into the things they see that would be helpful for you to say no to or just help listen and give you the freedom to say no to things. There is no part of the Bible that commands us to say yes to any and everything that is asked of us. In Matthew 4, we see some of Jesus’ disciples were originally fishermen. They were doing good work, but when Jesus calls them to him, they give up their jobs and follow Jesus instead. I’m not telling you to quit your job right now. I’m just asking you to deliberately look at what’s taking up your time and if it’s what Jesus is calling you to spend your time on.
Most people don’t sabbath. It’s a really foreign word to us in the 21st century and an even weirder concept when we find out what sabbathing means. If you don’t know, I’ll clue you in. A sabbath day is a day completely focused on rest in Jesus. I don’t mean a day off that you use to get chores done or run errands, but a day that’s centered on worshipful and restful things. No two people will do it exactly the same way because no two people find rest in all the same things, but that doesn’t mean that one of them deserves rest less than the other. All this to say, I would heavily encourage you to put a sabbath day in your schedule. Yes, 24 hours of no work. Rest only. Sabbathing is a lot of trial and error of discovering what feels restful versus what provides true rest. If you’re not sure about whether or not something is deserving of your sabbath time, there are two questions to ask about that thing. Is it restful and is it worshipful? If you think the answer to either of those could be no, then don’t do it! And just because you do something one sabbath doesn’t mean you have to do it again the next time. Sabbathing is a trial and error process that will change as you change.The only thing that shouldn’t change is your focus on Jesus through it all.
Incorporating a sabbath day doesn’t mean you should go go go the rest of the week though. For a good sabbath day, the whole of your life needs to slow down which is where looking at your schedule with a friend and learning to say no helps! Slowing down is a process, but it’s a process that we should earnestly be invested in. Our relationships with Christ best flourish when we give him the ample time and space to work in us. If you’re looking for some help figuring out what rest/slowing down/following Jesus looks like in your life, email email@example.com. We’re happy to meet with you and talk.
By Gabi Houk