Too busy? In a rush? Danger: Soul-thinning ahead. Best thing about hiding with Christ in God? He knows how to slow me down (and keep me busy.)
I like to be busy. I have a large capacity for doing. Maybe more than others. But I can get too busy, too rushed–and when I do, my soul thins out.
I don’t like to be stressed. Too much to do. Too little time, money or help. Nothing new for any mom or any American. Our badge of honor reads:
I’m so busy, I must be important.
Like Bonnie’s cell phone cover:
Yes, she is. And so are you.
The downside of busy is soul-thinning.
Think about a good gravy. (I love a good gravy.) When your gravy looks like sludge, you add a slow stream of broth, stirring until it thins to the right consistancy. Too much broth and you get watered down gravy with no flavor. (I don’t love a thin gravy.) What’s good for the gravy isn’t for the soul. Watery. Listless. Tasteless.
Jesus spoke of flavor:
You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. Matthew 5:13 NLT
Ouch. I don’t want to be trampled underfoot. What good am I to God, to the Man-in-Plaid, to the world–if I’ve lost His flavor? Savoring God in solitude can’t be hurried.
He promises the right consistency if we start with Him.
Is God on your Daily List? He may make the bottom of the list. Or the weekly list. Or the Christmas Eve, Easter morning list. That one’s really crowded.
Soul-thinning. Bound to happen.
Busy? Your list too long with no breathing time? Do you need to put “breathe” on the list? If so, your soul is in danger of thinning.
John Ortberg describes how his mentor, Dallas Willard helped his soul-gravy:
We had moved to Chicago and our lives were very busy, and I called Dallas and described what life was like right then. Then I asked him, “What do I need to do to be spiritually healthy?” There was a long pause, and then he said a single sentence: “You must RUTHLESSLY ELIMINATE HURRY FROM YOUR LIFE.”
Then there was another long pause, and I said, Okay, I got that one down. What else do you have for me? Because I don’t have a lot of time, and I’d like to get as much wisdom as I can.”
He said, “There is nothing else.”
Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. There’s a difference between being busy and being hurried. Busy is a condition of the body having many things to do. Hurry is a condition of the soul in which I am so preoccupied that I cannot be fully present to God or a person. Jesus was often busy, but he was never hurried.” – John Ortberg, Soul Keeping
Hurry is a condition of the soul in which I am so preoccupied that I cannot be fully present to God or a person.
Jesus was often busy, but he was never hurried.
Okay to be busy, not okay to be hurried.
Too busy? Do you need to put “breathe” on the list? If so, your soul is in danger of thinning.
How can we slow down when there are so many demands?
Start by asking Jesus:
“Lord, show me how to put You on the list. Help me breathe in You day and night. I need my soul restored.”
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3
Need soul restoration? Go to the One who isn’t hurried.
I love disappearing when I know I’m on God’s schedule, not mine. #write31days
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