How do we slow the pace of life?
Be with those who are weak, those who have to move slowly is one way to slow down our fast pace and experience beauty and truth in its fullest. Can we change our values and expectations?
“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” What more do we want?
Work beckons us… and people need us to do this and that. When was the last time, no, when have you ever said, “No, I can’t go with you to that meeting because I’m trying to slow down the pace of of life.” A conscious effort and a willingness to be downgraded in the eyes of some is necessary.
Some say, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Really? Aren’t we going to be really living after we transcend from this world to the next? When Jesus was teaching the crowds of people about the Father’s love he asked them to consider the flowers and the birds and how the creator took care of them. And then he added the note that men and women are greater in God’s sight than the flowers and animals.
Solomon, the wisest of them all, wrote in what we call Psalm 127: In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat — for he [God] grants sleep to those he loves.
What a warm, yet stern reminder of from where our sustenance comes.
I struggle mightily with saying, “No.” But, when I do, I find a deeper peace and foundation from which to live, work and serve. Placing our security in God is coming home.