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June 14, 2016

Refuse to Rush

A few weeks ago, I was standing in line at Target with a large basket of stuff for Carter and my house. The lady behind me only had a few things in her hands, so I offered for her to jump in front of me.

Refuse to Rush

A few weeks ago, I was standing in line at Target with a large basket of stuff for Carter and my house. The lady behind me only had a few things in her hands, so I offered for her to jump in front of me. I was surprised when she said “No, thank you. I am refusing to rush this year.”

Whoa . . . I love that idea.

It’s easy to get swept away in the frantic fast pace of everyone around us, isn’t it? I can’t name a single one of my friends who says, “I have too much time on my hands,” or, “I just don’t have enough to do.” Instead we go on and on (with pride, even!) about how busy we are. We wear busyness like it’s a badge of honor.

But I love what the woman in Target said, because she was acknowledging that rushing is a choice. So often I forget that simple truth. I rush around frantically as if it’s something I have to do as a result of my packed schedule and never-ending task list. Rory Vaden said, “Anything on our schedule is something we either put there or allowed to be there.” See, we aren’t victims in our lives. We have the power to make our life whatever we want it to be. We can choose to be rushed and running ragged, busy and burnt out. Or we can choose to slow the heck down.

And did you know that God doesn’t want us to rush? In fact, He wants quite the opposite for us. He said in Jeremiah 2:25, “Do not run until your feet are bare and your throat is dry.” Another great reminder is in Psalm 23:2 where God says, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters.” He says later in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Again and again in scripture, God encourages us, reminds us, and in some cases makes us slow down.

How many of us need to hear that? If you feel like your to-do list is never ending and you’re just spinning your wheels, maybe it’s time to choose something different. We can be stressed and frazzled and always in a hurry, or we can force ourselves to slow down, do less and live more. We can refuse to rush.

Since I’ve been challenged by this idea, I’ve tried something new when I’m driving. When I’m driving down the road in a rush, I of course always end up behind a really slow car. In those moments, my first instinct is to get frustrated. I can feel my heart start to race and I just want to swerve around them to get to where I need to be.

But lately I’ve been trying something new. I stop and force myself to think, “Well look at them. They are just not in a hurry at all. Good for them. That must be nice. You know what? I am just going to slow down and not be in a hurry either.”

Because whether you’re raging down the road in traffic or getting your pants in a wad over someone in front of you in line at Target with 100 items, we all have the choice every day.

Let’s do ourselves and everyone else a favor and refuse to rush instead.

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  • Barbara Holden says:

    So true, Christy! Believe it or not I too sometimes will get into a longer line at a store–just because it forces me to slow down and actually notice more things…

    Thanks for your posts!

  • Tanya Hargrove says:

    This is a powerful message and a needed one for all of us women. As for me, I work full time, in college, volunteer, run errands for my mom, try to avoid abuse, attend Bible study and church, exercise and read help books and blogs like yours. Then, I wonder, why am I rushing all the time. Well what do you know! I will slow down and take a deep breath of God’s blessing that I let pass my way because I am rushing around like a chicken with no head!This will mean getting up earlier!! LOL! So I will have to squeeze in more studying during the day! Yep! Christy may God bless you and may He continue to prosper every one of your steps .Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Sindy says:

    I’ve tried to “not rush” for about a year now and I got a few weird looks from friends who now think that I have too much time. They don’t see that there are many things I’ve just let go, so that I can enjoy the time I have without feeling like I’m in a hamster wheel. For example I only go out max. once a week. So no going out with friends while at home the piles get higher. I grocery shop every 8-10 days and make myself eat whats left in the fridge and pantry for the last 2-3 days. It’s not a hardship by the way 🙂 But I found that it gives me peace if I slow down and that is something I will NEVER give up again……

  • Norma Eifert says:

    Thanks for reminding me and others, to slow down and enjoy every day. The workload will still be there when you get back home but now you are refreshed and able to tie into the chores at hand while feeling better.

  • pointe4Jesus says:

    I’m currently teaching for a year in Africa. One of the things they told us before coming here was “everything moves on Malawi time. Expect things to take a lot longer than you’re told they will. And that’s okay.” I’m still getting settled in, but it’s a nice change.