Read no further if you’re a procrastinator or a perfectionist who does everything meticulously slowly as it is. You may need the opposite advice: “Hurry up already!”
Not everybody needs this advice.
I posted it on my dresser last Friday. But I need it.
I like speed.
Get this done so I can move on to that.
Especially if it’s work. If I go as fast as possible, I’ll have more time available for fun things.
But that can work against me. And against you.
Because if you need to talk to me during the 30 minutes I’ve scheduled for writing lesson plans, for example, you become a distraction.
And I don’t want to see you as a distraction.
I want you to see you as a blessing.
To feel welcomed.
Not that schedules and efficiency are bad things. They’re not. In many ways they make smoother relationships possible.
But I need to think twice about what I’m being efficient in. And why.
Some things don’t call for efficiency.
They call for attentiveness.
Schedules aren’t boss.
And if God is saying, “Slow this life down,” then I need to hit the brakes.
So instead of rushing through the grocery store aisles, I’m lingering longer over the food choices I make to feed my family for a week.
I want my chores to be blessings, not distractions.
And for this season I pick up my shovel daily to practice...slowing down.
Will what now feels like wasting time be turned into creating time?
I dig in the dirt. Just a little.
Then I stop.
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Intentionally slowing down is hard for me. You too?
What helps you?