The Culture of Hurry

Be Still and know that I am God  Psalm 46:10

The culture of hurry

The alarm goes off, we press snooze one time too many times and find ourselves hurrying and scurrying around to get the coffee made, the kids up, something somewhat nutritious into their bellies and out the door. You sigh with relief and then realize that you must hurry because you too have an important meeting and traffic is always a crawl at that time of morning. You are exhausted before your week has even begun. It’s 8:01 Monday morning.

We live in a life of “hurry” and as far as I can tell the pace of life isn’t getting any less frenetic. Gone are the days of a leisurely Sunday that begins with church, then out to a nice brunch and then the rest of the day is spent relaxing with your family. This what we previously called the Sabbath-a day of rest. Many of us are just too busy to live emotionally healthy and spiritually rich and vibrant lives. The problem isn’t when you have a lot to do it’s when you have too much to do and the only way to keep the quota up is to hurry. The result is that busyness and sin have the same effect on our lives. They cut off our connection with God, with other people and even with our very own soul (that which connects with God).

I realize this sounds a bit hopeless, but it doesn’t have to be because we can be intentional and creative about how and when we make the time to spend with God. We can take “little sabbaths” in each and every day. You have 5 minutes. You have 10 minutes. You do. Put the phone down, turn away from the computer, the TV, the radio and find a comfortable place to rest. Close your eyes and repeat the name for God (i.e. Holy, Jesus, peace, joy, love, light etc.) slowly and gently.

Thoughts of what you need to get done will try to interrupt but gently send them away and repeat your word. This practice is called centering prayer and it is a Sabbath practice. It won’t come easily but that is why we call it practice. You need to practice becoming better at it. Really, only 5 minutes a day can make a difference. Try it. Tell me how it goes. I would love to hear your stories.

Be Still and know that I am God  Psalm 46:10

May God bless you and encourage you to take a “Little Sabbath” today.

See you in worship!

~ Pr. Kimberly Buffie

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