Hurry Sickness

“We suffer from what has come to be known as “hurry sickness.”  One of the great illusions of our day is that hurrying will buy us more time… hurry will keep us consumed by “the cares and riches and pleasures of life,” as Jesus put it, and prevent his way from taking root in our hearts.

Jesus was quite aware of this kind of hurry problem in his day…. He repeatedly withdrew from crowds and activities.  He taught his followers to do likewise…. Jesus urged his disciples to take time out.  Following Jesus cannot be done at a sprint.  If we want to follow someone, we can’t go faster than the one who is leading.

We must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives.  This does not mean we will never be busy… Jesus was often busy, but never hurried.  Hurry is not just a disordered schedule.  Hurry is a disordered heart. 

Life is cluttered when we are weighed down by the burden of all the things we have failed to say no to.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.  – Ecclesiastes 3:11-12

We will not become unhurried on our own.  We cannot achieve this alone.  We will have to enter a life of training…. It is time to enter training for another way to live.  We must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives.

Today we have largely traded wisdom for information.  We have exchanged depth(quality) for breadth(quantity) .  We want to microwave maturity.

The most serious sign of hurry sickness is a diminished capacity to love.  Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible.  Love always takes time, and time is one thing hurried people don’t have.

Hurry prevents us from receiving love from the Father or giving it to his children.  That’s why Jesus never hurried.  We can become unhurried people.  We can become patient people. 

We must find ways to deliberately choose waiting, ways that make hurry impossible.  As we practice them, we should tell God we are trusting him to enable us to accomplish all we need to get done.”

– John Ortberg in The Life You’ve Always Wanted daily calendar thing, each paragraph come from days between July 27- August 7.

Other than Jesus being a bad a** of his times, another characteristic of his that I think is pretty sweet is how he always made time for others.  He would be on a journey with a destination in mind and someone would cross his path.  He never yelled at anyone or told them to go away but rather welcomed them, listened, and then helped in any way he saw fit.  He noticed people that others didn’t.  He made time for others.  He had an end goal and didn’t try to jump ahead in the path but rather enjoyed the random things that would happen along the way.  When it was finished, it was done and it was good.

Sometimes we try to hurry through life to some stage where some random person said things would get better.  There are a ton of examples ranging from getting through junior high to retirement.  When we hurry and are fixated on a particular point, we lose sight on all the other choices and adventures that could be ours.  We need to have goals which challenge us to become better yet we also need not hurry so much that we miss out on the type of living life which happens without any planning.  If we are constantly yearning for the next thing in life to come, we aren’t able to reflect properly, will lose perspective on what truly matters, and will lose ourselves in the chaos.

The path life has taken isn’t the one I had planned for years ago- it’s been greater.  I was once so fixated on hurrying to accomplish certain goals by certain ages that it was difficult to accept what was going on when all my plans fell apart.  Through the struggles, through the time out and putting things back in order, life has become what I couldn’t have imagined years ago.  Rather than looking at life as a single structured traditional route, I see life as a whole globe.  If I trust the true north star for my final destination, taking the time to enjoy the journey is well worth it.

Let us be people who make time for the unknown surprises. Let us not be in such a hurry that we miss the beauty and bewilderment that surrounds us each day.  Let us focus on quality of life.  Let us be still and be people who take the time to love.


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