Slow Down

As we prepare for the beginning of the Lenten season, it’s good to be reminded of the need to … Slow. Down.

I will always remember, in the early days of my ministry coming across an article by Pastor John Ortberg — “Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry.”

Ortberg received this sage advice from a spiritual mentor who challenged him, “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”

That phrase has stuck with me ever since. It’s a constant reminder to ruthlessly eliminate hurry. However, being a “type A” personalty makes this extra hard. But it’s still a good reminder!

And it’s not just that spiritual advice from Ortberg’s mentor. The Bible in Psalm 46.10 advises …
“Be still, and know that I am God!”

We regularly need to stop and get quiet and, ultimately, listen to God.

A while back, I heard a couple of songs that ministered to me. One was by Chris McClarney, called, “I’m Listening”: “I don’t wanna miss one word you speak / quiet my heart, I’m listening.”

Another was “Hurry,” by Kim Walker-Smith: “I don’t wanna be in a hurry / I don’t wanna miss what you wanna say / I just wanna give you the space to move in this place.”

May we — especially as we begin Lent on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) — be still and ruthlessly eliminate hurry. May we give God all of the space that he wants to move in and transform our lives! Amen.
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