Toxic Hurry

Be still and know that I am God …”  (Psalm 46:10)

“You must radically eliminate hurry from your life.”  (Dallas Willard)

I’ve been thinking much of that quote by Dallas Willard ever since a missionary shared it with me several weeks ago. 

For too many years I tried to stuff as much as possible into my schedule – usually resulting in hurry, loss of enjoyment and near exhaustion. It wasn’t until, on the verge of burn-out, I took a three month Sabbatical from pastoring that I learned the importance of doing less to be better able to live and minister.

It’s a lesson I keep needing to remember even in my active retirement. I must radically eliminate hurry from my life.

But there’s another kind of “hurry.” It is a hurry of the soul rather than of the schedule. A hurry characterized by worry, anxious thoughts, or … (fill in your favorite soul saturating ways). That “hurry” is toxic because it robs us of God’s Presence. The time, attention and focus that we need to enjoy fellowship with God in Christ, to have our soul restored, to drink of the life giving stream of the Holy Spirit, is diverted.

I’m the only one who can do something about the toxic hurry of soul and schedule. But I cannot do it alone. I need the Comforter to come alongside me. I need the fellowship of believers who are committed to the same style of living. I need the discipline to focus on God in ways that draw me away from my self-centered world and bring me back to the One who loved me and gave Himself for me.

How about you?