LL School Day: Rush Our Days

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So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom. -Psalm 90:12

I don’t know how this got ingrained in my heart, but I like to rush EVERYTHING. I used to always vocalize how impatient I am about things, but a recent situation has me thinking about WHY I feel the need to rush everything. Last night, I was thinking and talking to Jesus, and the Holy Spirit whispered: Michelle, why do you always want to rush into everything? Why are you so afraid of enjoying the journey?

I don’t know the answer to that, and I have been thinking about it all morning. I don’t think it’s just me, I think we all have the tendency to do this at times. But some of us (ahem, me) are more apt to do it than others. I tend to future-think everything. If I make a decision to take this job, what does it mean for my future? If I befriend this person, where will our friendship be in 5 years? If I like something or someone, why can’t it progress at a quicker pace? This has been the story of my overthinking life for as long as I can remember.

I believe that some of this comes from my ridiculous need to daydream (i.e. overthink) about the future. I fear that it sometimes means I rush through the present. I rush through my relationships sometimes, trying to get to that “next level” in some of them instead of enjoying where they are right now. I rush through my job, trying to get to that “next level” of accomplishment or my career. I rush through my prayer time, trying to get to that “next level” of spiritual growth. I want these things so badly that I don’t take the time to truly enjoy where I am, right now, with the people in my life.

I was listening to a speaker talk about the Lord’s timing the other day, but in a sense that sometimes, by our words and actions, we actually say things that place curses on our personal timelines. “I wish this day had never happened.” “I hate Mondays.” “That was a whole year of my life wasted.” And I do believe that he’s right. But I also believe that in this specific situation, I’m speaking similar curses into my timeline and life by wishing things moved faster than they do. For example, if any particular situation in my life was moving at a quicker pace–let’s say my business was booming, would I have even thought about this specific place of needed growth in my life, with how I always rush things? Probably not…because I would be too invested in what’s would be happening and what would be coming next (rushing) instead of what I need to be learning while I’m waiting.

This is about more than stopping to smell the roses; this is about a change of heart and mind for me. This is about being present–hoping for the future, but not dwelling there in mind, body, or spirit. I encourage each of you to take stock of your thought patterns…are you dwelling too much on what’s going to happen next that you’re not enjoying what’s happening now?

Father, teach us not to rush our days. Help us to focus on Your timeline for our lives, and to enjoy where we are, right now, at this moment, so that we may gain wisdom and understanding from You. Amen.

 

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3 thoughts on “LL School Day: Rush Our Days

  1. Marvae

    My mantra of late has been… “I have plenty of time to breathe!” I have realized that I too rush things. Something I have probably done my entire life, but as I get older the consequences of rushing are becoming more clear: I enjoy life less, stress more, and stress does nothing good for me physically or emotionally. I have concluded that I have a scarcity mentality about time. The truth is that there is plenty of time for me to do what GOD wants me to do. My ambitions are often much bigger than His. Slowing down forces me to rely on Him more and stay connected to His desires for my life. I love what John Ortberg says about “ruthlessly banishing hurry.” The more I remind myself that I have plenty of time to breathe… the more I enjoy life. That’s an amazing thing!

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  2. pushyprophetgirl Post author

    I agree, Marvae–I honestly do feel that time scarcity as well, which is a lie straight from the devil and one that he uses to blind so many people. The art of BEING…yeah, we can do for the Lord and do what we need to, but if we aren’t taking time to be, to breathe, we are missing out on so much He has in store for us! 🙂

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    1. Marvae

      Absolutely! And often I find that when I am BEing, when I am nurturing my soul, the very things I was previously striving for come with ease. Just have to trust His deep love for me and that He truly does know me inside and out including the desires of my heart.

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