Fresh Hope – Day 189

The car is packed and you are now travelling on your long awaited summer holiday.

As you ease your way over the speed limit, the worst news possible comes from the back seat of the car…one of the children needs the toilet.

Your wife spots a service station in one mile but you argue that the one that’s seven miles away would be better.

Logic says that whichever one you stop at will cost you the same amount of time, but not to a person with hurry sickness.

A person with ‘hurry sickness’ is determined to keep travelling as fast and as far as possible without a stop, as it means that other motorists might get ahead of you.

As you later take a lunch stop, what should be a time to relax and think of the holiday ahead, instead becomes a point of stress as you watch all the cars that you passed half an hour earlier now get ahead and take the lead.

Back on the road and gathering speed once again, you soon come to an abrupt end as you hit a traffic jam. Switching from lane to lane, you come face to face with an eternal principle that says the lane you just left is now going to pass you by.

That night as you tuck the excited children into their holiday home beds, you skip 17 pages of the bedtime story and turn the frog into a prince without anything in between…after all you’re in a rush.

Hurry sickness is a modern day disease that affects us all in one way or another.

I have to admit that my biggest problem is eating as if I was in a race. When I pause and ask myself ‘why the rush?’, the only answer I can come up with is that I’m suffering from hurry sickness. There is no rush, there is no need to eat quickly, but my mind is so conditioned to the race of life that it tells me to move on quickly to the next important thing.

Now I do agree that some people need to speed up a little, but for most, the cure for hurry sickness is to ease up and enjoy the moment.

Jesus gave some great advice to His followers…

Mark 6 v 31

Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat.

When was the last time that you spent some time at slower pace…even just for a day?

When was the last time that you spent some time on your own, topping up your emotional tank?

When was the last time that sat on the floor with the kids and devoted some time solely for them?

When was the last time that you took time and talked through everything with Jesus?

Remember…if you can’t take time you have to make time.

Pastor Mark

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