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Monday, May 4, 2015

Slow the Rush

When you feel rushed, you feel out of control. There is a difference between a full + abundant life and a hurried + busy life, don't you think? Based on each of our personalities and lifestyles, our lines are drawn at differing points, so we must seek wise counsel and slow down to seek and hear the voice of God to discover what he has purposed for us.

We are each capable of and called to different things -- so we must stop an consider what God would have us to do [and not do] so the best of who we are can emerge. 
Often times, a motivator for me to do the wrong thing with my time is guilt and pride. I have felt like I must be "maxed out" in my commitments to impress others at my abilities to do-it-all. But why is this? Some of it stems from placing my identity in what I do rather than who I am and to whom my life is seeking after.

If someone says, "Tell me about yourself" how do you respond? 
What I've done in the past is list off what I do. 
Here's what that looked like 5 years ago::

I go to college.
I get good grades. 
I'm a chaplain and sing in the choir.
I'm a member of ministry clubs.
I'm co-captain of the ultimate team.
I'm a chapel music coordinator.
I work in the library.
I volunteer in children's church.
I'm on a traveling worship team.
I play in the chamber orchestra.
I work at camp.

But I'm no longer doing any of those things. So who am I? What I did years ago is something about myself, but it is not all I'm about or who I will always be

What I do in life reflects who I am, but it is not the sum of what I am and the true God I serve. 

I need to choose what I do wisely and do it well. I need to say no to some things in order to make room for the best things -- the things I am meant to do. It's that concept of doing less, and being more. 

I declare that in the past:: 
Rushing has stolen my identity. Rushing has made relationships harder to maintain. Rushing has distracted me from seeking God. Rushing has stressed me and harmed my health.

...and rushing can happen again, if I'm not purposeful about keeping it from happening. In fact, there are things I'm trying to cut back on even now. Let's keep each other in check, and not guilt others for their stage, but encourage them in this way of freedom!

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Comment below, because I'd love to know::
What has “rushing” stolen from you?
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  1. A while ago I read somewhere about how suddenly we have begun to "glorify busy", the busier we are the more value we place on our life and it's stuck with me. I've been trying to make time for me and really focus on 'filling' my life with things that bring me joy and that are truly a necessity. I've definitely got my fingers crossed to win a copy of The Best Yes, it's been on my must read list for a while now! :)

  2. Love this: What I do in life reflects who I am, but it is not the sum of what I am and the true God I serve.

    Such a good reminder. We can do nothing without him, so we need to turn our focus on him! Not on the busyness of life.

  3. Wow--that's a great way of thinking about it, Donna! I think your efforts will be well rewarded :) Best wishes on the giveaway!

  4. Thank you! Sometimes those sorts of thoughts can be hard to internalize!

  5. Abi at Joy In My KitchenMay 6, 2015 at 7:02 AM

    Definitely agree - a full life does not have to be busy, and a busy life is not necessarily a full life. I think rush often steals peace and contentment. Slowing down in the midst of rush all around takes time and effort, but makes life and those in it so much more enjoyable.


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