Symptoms of Disease
Do you have any of these symptoms?
- Lack of Self-Care
- Slippage of Spiritual Disciplines
No, they’re not new symptoms of COVID-19 (not yet anyway).
These symptoms instead point toward hurry sickness, per Pastor John Mark Comer.
Prior to March 2020, most of us thought we couldn’t slow down. We were in a hurry because we had stuff to do. Even when hurry robbed us of contentment. Even when we hurt others with our hurrying.
Back in February, I read The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World. I jotted down a few good points that John Mark Comer made.
But honestly—and ironically? I rushed through it.
Slow It Down
And then the world shook. We were forced to slow down. (Most of us anyway; essential workers had to speed up even more.)
It had to become mandatory for most of us to lay down our hurry. Businesses had to shut. Work had to cease. Churches had to close their doors to make us take a breath.
Our idol of productivity had to crash.
We were forced to confront our hurry sickness by sitting with ourselves.
And the book on hurry? I’ve gone back through it—and I’ve experienced a slower life now—and I see far more wisdom in it.
Love Has a Speed
What have we learned from living more simple lives?
Hopefully we’ve learned more about love as we’ve eliminated hurry. Comer says love has a speed. And it’s not hurry.
“Hurry and love are incompatible. All my worst moments as a father, a husband, and a pastor, even as a human being, are when I’m in a hurry—late for an appointment, behind on my unrealistic to-do list, trying to cram too much into my day.”
If we want to walk with God, we best stop running.
“There’s a reason people talk about ‘walking’ with God, not ‘running’ with God. It’s because God is love.”
The question now going forward is: Will we add hurry back into our lives again? Or will we maintain a slower pace of life?
I’m aiming for slower. This is my year to linger.
“Very little can be done with hurry that can’t be done better without it. Especially our lives with God. And even our work for God.”
I know the pace will pick up some. It already has. But I don’t want to slide back into hurry. Because I believe this to be true:
“Hurry kills relationships. Love takes time; hurry doesn’t have it. It kills joy, gratitude, appreciation; people in a rush don’t have time to enter the goodness of the moment.”
My time with Jesus can’t be rushed. My time with others shouldn’t be rushed either. If Jesus didn’t frantically rush around when he was here, neither should we.
Let’s not return to hurrying. Stay slow to gain more. Eliminate hurry for your spiritual health.
Our lives are too valuable to be rushed.
Have you enjoyed a less hurried pace? Is your life already picking up speed again? Share in the comments.
My thanks to Net Galley, WaterBrook & Multnomah
for the review copy of this book
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