I’m convinced we often ask life’s most critical and important questions from a place of slowness and rest.
When have you been able to slow down, really rest, and look deep at who you are, where you’re going, what God is doing in your life?
I’m grateful that, through struggle and frustration and what seems like a fight against the rest of my life, I’ve been able to accept an invitation from the Lord to slow down. For a long time I was running in all areas of life – work, my relationship with my wife, ministry. I was just as much all over the place internally as I was externally.
I thought that was normal. I thought running wild was just what had to happen right now. It was what had to happen in order to be “successful” or to “make an impact.”
Sure, there are times of running and hustling. And I love the challenge of that, trust me. But I’ve found a new challenge that’s counter cultural, and counter me, and that’s the challenge of being present and slowing down, not running.
I’ve been able to ask deep, real, important questions of myself and of God. I’m not where I want to be, but I’m journeying to become more whole, and to live and love well.
Do you have space in your life to slow down, to ask important questions of yourself and of God? Do you even realize you need that? I didn’t. I know what that’s like. But believe me, it’s worth it to step back, to say no to some things so you can say yes to better ones. Sowing seeds never seems worthwhile when you’re doing it. But if you want a good return, a better, more whole and healthy life, then sowing well is necessary.