Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day?
We hit the ground running the moment our alarm goes off, race against the clock all day, and then fall asleep while preparing mental checklists for tomorrow. The pace we set for ourselves can be exhausting. If you look at your calendar and feel overwhelmed by what you see, it may be time to slow your roll.
There are many reasons for moving too fast. We all do it. For some reason, people like to brag about how busy they are. Some of us even feel guilty when we try to relax. But where are we hurrying to?
Here are 4 signs that you need to slow your roll.
- You’re a ball of stress. You set a fast pace for yourself to get in front of your burdens, and you live for the future when you feel some relief.
- Your past haunts you. You use busyness to distract you from pain, and you keep moving to outrun hurt.
- You feel lonely when you’re still. Your relationships lack depth, and you’re not sure how to remedy that.
- You’re pushing hard to earn love. You pack your schedule to the brim so you can feel loved by others for your accomplishments.
Look, all of these are very real struggles, and you may identify with more than one of the above triggers. So when we feel burdened, hurt, lonely, and unloved, how do we sit still and allow God to rule instead of racing past Him on the fumes of our own strength?
For one thing, we need to shift our perspective to eternity. We’re all going somewhere, but it’s a really long race. Like long-distance runners, we need to slow down and let love rule. Jesus said the most important commandment is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
That is what we’re here for. That is where we are going. That is where we get our momentum.
Everything else we cram into our schedules pales next to the very thing we were created to do. When loving God and loving people becomes our priority, everything we do becomes praise.
Our human lives are here today and gone tomorrow, but thanks to what Jesus did on the cross, we can live forever with God when we accept Christ as savior. Suddenly the frantic race to get ahead of time can come to an end!
God sees rest from work as holy. He, Himself, rested on the seventh day of creation (Genesis 2:3), so we should take our cue from Him. When we surrender our busyness and leave the rat race behind, God refuels us. He refreshes us. He relieves us.
We don’t fear death, but rather, we maximize time. Whatever we do in this life is for the glory of God. Life on earth may feel short, but this is an eternally long race, so we slow our roll and let love rule.