Hurry is a mark in modern life, especially in large urban centers. It seems necessary in some cases, as in the day to day of the firemen, police, and sportsmen. But there is a crisis when it becomes part of the family routine. Meditate on this post and learn how to eliminate the rush of your routine and enjoy the benefits of a nice pace for your family.
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If you wake up and run to the bathroom and can not have your breakfast sitting at the table, the rest of your day is certainly a sequence of events pushing you against the clock. But it does not need be like that. Stop for a moment. Come to reflect on the effects of haste on your family, and what can you do to have a more fluid and quiet schedule.
Preparation yes, Hurry no
I had the opportunity to watch the last Formula One practice here in Texas. Hamilton who waited until the final minutes with his car stopped in the box, went in to run few back and clinch pole position. I was impressed by his lack of hurry and plenty of preparation for an easy victory.
Let’s see what the Bible says about this. You will never find a single occasion when Jesus was in a hurry. Not even situations in which he demanded speed from his disciples or the people with whom he met throughout the day. Pay attention to this! Jesus was called to move in a hurry a few times, but he never accepted those invitations. This already indicates the fact that hurry is not beneficial.
In addition, there are several proverbs calling our attention to planning, tranquility and diligence. Even in those cases where a task demands speed and agility, these words define the urgency of the case much better than the haste. Now when the haste appears in the axioms of the Bible, these are always related to something negative like a revenge, a moment of despair or an attitude of badness.
Isaiah, the prophet, also states that the people of Israel need not be in a hurry for the new beginning ahead of them after 70 years of captivity in Babylon. This time the deliverance would be different in this respect, comparing with the exodus from Egypt, whence they rushed out. But only in that sense would it be distinct, for God would again protect them from all sides, going before them and also in their rear.
This time you will not have to leave in a hurry;Isaiah 52:12
you will not be trying to escape.
The LORD your God will lead you
and protect you on every side.
Enemy of perfection
Hurry gives us the idea of escape, trepidation, instability. In the rush, important details like keys and even appointments are forgotten. That is why haste can be called the enemy of perfection. It steals the unique beauty of every moment in relationships.
Honest people will lead a full, happy life. But if you are in a hurry to get rich, you are going to be punished.Proverbs 28:20
And in that gap between slowness and haste, you need to move. There is an agenda, commitments, important relationships every day. And learning how to put into practice an unhurried routine will be of great benefit to your family. See below what we have discovered as family.
Live in the light of eternity
As long as you understand that eternity is a simple truth, there is no reason to justify hurrying your way. There is no reason to be eager to conquer your dream. Do not doubt that God will bless your work and supply your needs.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.Solomon, Ecclesiastes 3:11
Moreover, in recognizing the reality of eternity, you come to the conclusion that you should wake up early. Even before the sun rises, dedicating a time of gratitude to God and meditation on His Word is the best way to start each morning. This makes a huge difference in living unhurriedly. Of course, many are late because they slept more than they should have. I’ve seen that phrase on a truck bumper: “Hurry up? Wake up early.” And it’s true.
Melinda Gates, when asked about her greatest secret in having a prosperous and generous family, said that getting up early and taking time for meditation and prayer is the most important habit at the beginning of each day. Rapha and I also value that. And we are glad when our children arrive in our room and find us in this devotional moment, so that they will learn by our example.
For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts for ever.Apostle Paul, 2Corinthians 4:18
Wake up and get out of the rush
From the moment you decide to no longer tolerate hurry in your life, you will have your eyes open to habits that need to be changed. It is important for you to evaluate your own situation, because the challenge of eliminating the hurry is different for each person. You will discover in your reality what needs to be adjusted. Some examples are avoiding walking with people who are late, learning to say no, reducing time spent on television and social networks, practicing weekly rest, etc.
So wake up and get out of the rush. You will live at a pleasant pace with your family while eliminating anxiety from the culture of your home. On the one hand, noble values such as assiduity, courtesy and excellence will be highlighted. On the other hand, a protection against stress will bring quality of life for you and your family.
Prayer: God, thank you for never making haste for me. I ask you to help me create an unhurried culture in my home. Let my family live at a pleasant pace for us and also for the you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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