We all have the same 24 hours in every single day.
At the heart of that statement is our universal fear of failure and our constant tendency to measure ourselves against others.
Every productivity book I’ve read reminds me about those 24 hours we all share in common.
And I’ve let it drive me not motivate me.
As though what somebody else does has any bearing at all on my life, my path. Seriously, it’s absurd and destructive.
And the REAL TRUTH of that absurd urge to measure and compare, to keep up and be competitive with anyone else on the planet, became so obvious I’ve put a visual reminder in my office so I don’t slip out of my truth and get sucked back in to the never ending rat race of this world.
The little clock pictured above is a travel souvenir. I’ve loved it well, but it began slowing down. It kept time erratically until one day it decided to be something other than a clock. Lately it’s become a reminder “That life is so urgent it necessitates living slow”. That’s a quote from Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts, a book I can’t stop reading.
A case against hurry
In a beautiful chapter called A Sanctuary of Time she pleads the case against hurry.
It’s a chronic condition for some of us. A wasting disease that strips us of vitality and joy leaving us frustrated, irritable, and dissatisfied with life. In our rush to fit more into every minute and hour, we lose the ability to simply be in any single moment. In trying to stretch our time we lose it altogether. Like the bubbles we blew with our little pink rectangle of Bazooka—we’ve over-reached and all the breath seeped out through the spot that could stretch no further.
The solution is to quit being amateurs.
“On every level of life, from housework to heights of prayer, in all judgment and efforts to get things done, hurry and impatience are sure marks of the amateur.”
That’s from a woman named Evelyn Underhill that Voskamp quotes. What an encouraging challenge that is to me at. I want to go PRO, but Ms. Underhill’s uncovered my flaws because hurry is most often the result of procrastination and impatience is rooted in a lack of diligence and tenacity. OUCH!
How to quit living like an amateur
What will it take to quit living like an amateur? Hurrying from one thing to another, living life in a mindless blur of activity. I’m craving guidance from God and the clarity that comes from time spent with Him. Here’s the truth that came to mind as I meditated on this.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- lay aside every weight ~ what is slowing me down? What habits are consuming my time and energy without delivering anything useful? What’s not helpful?
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. 1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 6:12
OK, I can binge watch Netflix, or spend time on Pinterest, or have an endless list of DIY projects. I can, but should I? Will those things get me where I feel God is leading?
But that hasn’t delivered real satisfaction or meaning from all those available hours. I’m craving something more tangible and especially more useful for others.
I want to savor the life God has given me, but I want to live it well.
To do the things that should be done in this—my life. To work, to love, to share, to create, to give thanks, to worship God and seek Him with earnest focus.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. Eccles. 3:1
Now it’s your turn 🙂
Who are you reading that inspires you? What purposes do you find God is drawing you into?