Living a Hurried Life
We all live hurried lives.
The question is: What triggers a hurried lifestyle? May it be thoughts of “what if’s” that cause us to be anxious? What if I can’t pay the bills? What if I can’t get the kids to practice or games on time? What if I don’t have enough money? What if someone close to me gets sick or dies? What if our schedules don’t work out? These questions or thoughts consume us and are never ending once we get on this thinking path.
The questions consume our peace and our thinking path is triggered by something we all know too well – fear. This is not what God wants for us. God does not want us to invest our time in worldly possessions; He wants us to come to Him in our times of need.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things”(Colossians 3:2)
We long to trust in God, to trust that He is always looking out for our best interests. But it is very easy to give into the fear or anxiousness. Perhaps the key lies in “knowing” when to slow down. One of my favorite verses I go to when I start to feel this way is:
“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:5-8)
“Be anxious in nothing at all” is a concept that can be difficult to embrace. Sometimes I wish we could go back in time to the days where there were no cars, and life was much simpler. However, society has “evolved” to a state where we rush from point A to B, where much of our day is filled with a slogan word many of us are familiar with – “multitasking”. The more we can do the more efficient we are. But are we more efficient? One of the definitions for multitasking is: “requires for staff to take on a wider range of tasks, usually involving on-the-job training.” (webdefinition) On the job training – what a concept! This implies that we are training ourselves to multitask. Perhaps we should be training ourselves in a different way? Where should our priorities be? Where should we slow down and concentrate our efforts?
We all have times in our lives when we get glimpses of what life is supposed to be like. Where we focus our time is really what matters. In the big picture “who” we focus our efforts on is the most important.
Why is it that many of us get so lost? How do we lose focus? We slip into a state of being where “we believe we know what is best for ourselves”. We race, we “want” more, we attain wealth/title/prestige but at what cost? What do we really “need”? The prioritization of want vs. need is what it comes down to. Can you identify with this? I think we all can. It is easy to get caught up in the race.
I have lost focus many times in my life then something that almost takes my breath away brings me back to where I need to be. But I sometimes wonder – why does it take these instances or wake up calls to bring us back to a place of balance? I need to trust that God has my best interests at heart, and that he does not want me to be immersed in the “things” of this world. He wants me to love, and to enjoy every day as it was my last. He wants me to come to Him during the day, in times when I am happy, in the moments that take my breath away, in times when I am sad, in times where I feel like I cannot take it anymore. He has given me grace so many times when I have come to him in fear. He has constantly reassured me when I have come to Him in weakness. He smiles when down on me when I am at the moments that bring me my greatest joys.
“And they refused to listen, And did not remember Thy wondrous deeds which Thou hadst performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But Thou art a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness; And Thou didst not forsake them” (Nehemiah 9:17).
I have asked for His grace many times when I have lost focus. Ask for grace…. We are all human, we have emotions but the key is not to let them take us over. We are pulled in many directions, but the key is to prioritize and not lose focus amidst the chaos. The key is to slow down the schedules, the accumulation, the attainment for more, and the chaos. To prioritize one’s life in those areas that make sense and result in benefits for the family unit and community. This honors God, and this is what he wants for us.
Paul told Timothy, “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” (1 Timothy 6:17)
How should we prioritize? There are many resources that can help us in this area, but most areas are common sense. Deep down we all know how to live smarter and how to slow down. We just making the right choices to allow us peace in our daily lives.
5 tips to help busy people prioritize their lives
1. Ruthlessly Eliminate Stress No one can get their priorities straight if they’re constantly living “under the gun.” If there’s so much stress in your life that you’re finding it difficult to keep your priorities in order, lighten your load first – and now!
2. Make Daily Solitude a Priority Don’t feel guilty or like you’re “avoiding your family” for making time for yourself each day. It’s a must… even if it’s just 15 minutes in the morning for “quiet time” with the Lord. No one will miss you if you “take 5” for yourself every now and then… so do it.
3. Develop a “Blank Slate” Approach In other words, begin and end each day with no agenda. Come before the Lord with open arms, hands and an open mind and heart each morning. Let Him set your day in motion and then give everything back to Him at the end of each day – all your worries, cares, successes, failures. Exchange them for a good night’s sleep. (Psalm 91:1)
4. Give Your Family Your Best – Not Your “Emotional Leftovers” It’s very noble to “give your all” at work. But, what does that leave for your spouse and kids? Not much? Not good! Your family deserves the best you have to offer. They need you healthy, rested, happy, or perhaps more importantly – content . No “table scraps” from your heart for them. Give them the main course. Then, watch how your priorities change by themselves!
5. Don’t Wait for Someone Else to Do this For You This is your life – these should be your priorities. If you’re waiting for someone else to come alongside you and tell you how to live your life, you’re in for a long wait. The time to make the changes is now – so get to it!
We all have one life to live; the key is living it in a way that honors God. The blessings will follow. Take the time to slow down and smell the flowers. Every day that we are here on earth is a “gift” that is why it is called the present.
Thank-you for popping by 🙂 Enjoy the summer and immerse yourself in the love!
 5 tips to help busy people prioritize their lives jim burns, http://www.simplyyouthministry.com/jims-thoughts-27.html