Hurry Up and Slow Down

Close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Really, take a moment.

Wow. Doesn't it feel good to slow down?! Why are we rushing around in the first place? Probably because one of the following reasons: 1. we've created rigid schedules for ourselves that we don't want to break, 2. we have trouble saying no, so we end up saying yes to too many things 3. we live in a culture that primarily focuses on what we "do" instead of who we "are."

Now, slowing down doesn't mean becoming lazy! Slowing down is about increasing our trust in God and that's what we're called to do. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are the tools given to us to slow down so we can better hear the voice of The Lord. When we slow down, we have better self-control (because we're not acting on a whim), we live more fully in the present (because we recognize it's the only thing we're in control of), we see the needs of others (because we're less distracted), and we begin to live gently (because the Holy Spirit is within us).

Take some today to be silent before God to listen. He will speak!