Don’t just skim the surface of life

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Savor the time”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “Don’t just skim the surface of life.”
 
I’m currently rereading a book I’ve come to value and appreciate very much. The title is “The Relentless Elimination of Hurry” by Pastor John Mark Comer. This is the third time I’ve read the book in the two years I’ve owned it. It’s really good. And helpful. Throughout this month I’ll share some of John’s thoughts with you.
 
The basic premise of his book is that hurry is a thief. It distracts us from the things that are most important, it causes us to miss precious moments in life, and it steals our joy. Hurry makes it impossible to truly savor moments, people, and events that should be special to us. Hurry also makes us insensitive to other people, and it causes us to miss telltale verbal clues that might have alerted us to the fact that someone else is having a bad day or is need of a hug or a kind word. Speaking of himself Comer realized, “All of my worst moments happen when I’m in a hurry.”  
 
Amen brother.
 
Philosopher David Zach once referred to such a life as “hyper-living” or, “just skimming the surface of life.” We move through life at such a pace that we just blow by people and situations that really do deserve and should receive our focused attention. We greet people and ask “How are you?”, without actually listening to how they are. We speed past a beautiful view of meadows and mountains, without actually seeing the meadows and the mountains. We’re just in too much of a hurry. We’re skimming the surface of life.
 
I love the picture Solomon paints for us in Ecclesiastes 3:1. There’s a time for everything and a season for every activity. It’s a picture of a leisurely stroll through life, stopping to smell the roses and talk to the neighbors and pet the puppy. No hyper-living in that picture.
 
I encourage all of us to slow it down, take a breath, and enjoy the moments of our lives today. No hyper-living. No skimming the surface of life. Instead, take the time to pay attention and to go deep with people and situations. Truly appreciate and enjoy the gift of this day that the Lord has given to you. Savor it.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim   
 
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