Slow Down

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “Slow down”
 
In his great little book “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry”, Pastor John Mark Comer tells the story of a missionary in Africa who was eager to go deep into the heart of the continent to reach lost souls for Christ. He arrived at the coastal port, hired a group of locals to carry his vast load of supplies for him, and he promptly set off for the deep jungle at a fast pace.
 
For two full days he pushed and pushed, relentlessly moving forward, urging the men carrying the supplies to move faster and to keep up. Finally, on the morning of the third day, as the missionary was rushing to break camp so they could continue their journey, the hired men refused to budge. They sat around the campfire and gave no appearance of making preparations to get moving. In frustration the missionary demanded to know why they weren’t packing up and moving out. After a moment one of the men informed him that they needed to slow down and wait for their souls to catch up with their bodies.
 
Hello! The story of my life. I need to slow down and let my soul catch up with my body. You probably do too. Way too many of us are way to busy. We pack our lives full, right up to the edge and then to overflowing. Then we rush from thing to thing, person to person, chore to chore, phone call to phone call. Not only does this wear us out physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, but it greatly reduces our effectiveness at everything. We’re stretched so thin that we’re not giving enough attention to any one person or to any one task. John Mark Comer wrote, “All of my worst moments come when I’m in a hurry.” Amen, brother. Mine too.
 
In Psalm 46:10 God calls us to slow down and be still. To spend some time remembering who God is, what He is like, and that He is sovereign over the affairs of life. “He” is sovereign over the affairs of life. “I” am not.
 
I love the thought of slowing down and letting my soul catch up with my body. As Comer wrote, “If you slow down your body you slow down your life.”
 
I encourage all of us to spend some extra time today just being still before God. Let your soul catch up with your body.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim 
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2 thoughts on “Slow Down

  1. Good word. I have been learning the art of slowing down as I broke my foot and have been in a cast for 5 weeks now. I will tell you this is no fun. I have had to stay off of my foot and keep it elevated. I have learned to slow down. Everything doesn’t need to be done all at once. I am thankful for this time. I agree it certainly does a body good.
    Psalm 115:15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
    Who made heaven and earth.

    1. Wow. Sorry to hear about the foot. Praying for accelerated healing. But it also sounds like a Romans 8:28 moment. If it’s causing you to slow down and helping you to get some much needed rest then God is bringing something good our of something bad.

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