What’s on my mind… PEACE…
Let the peace of Christ be the controlling factor in your hearts.To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body, and be thankful to God always.
It’s fairly obvious that peace is incompatible with hurry.
If you don’t believe me, next time you’re running late to “catch” a flight, or ten minutes late for an appointment, or overdue on an assignment, take an interior inventory and see if you feel the deep shalom of God in your soul.
Do you sense a grounded, present sense of calm? Or something else?
And yet: we continue to cram more and more in to our already overfull lives, forcing us to speed up to a frenetic pace, and rarely slow down long enough to experience God’s peace.
Of course, not all busyness is bad. There’s a kind of busyness that means you’re not wasting your precious life on trivial things.
The problem isn’t having a lot to do, it’s having too much to do, where the only way to cram it all in is to kick into hurry gear, and as a tragic result, slip out of love, joy, and peace.
In our culture slow is a pejorative.
When somebody has low IQ, we dub them slow. When the service at a restaurant takes longer than we anticipated, we call it slow.
When a movie is boring, again, we complain.
When we take paced steps in a relationship, we are almost anachronistic – traditional – slow.
The message from the world is clear: slow is bad, fast is good.
But in the upside-down Kingdom, our value system is turned on its head: hurry is not of Christ, it’s of the enemy; slow is of Jesus,
Look at His terms- abide in me, dwell in me, be still…Christ is really into the slow rhythms of life…because Jesus is what love, joy and peace look like in flesh and blood.