Saturday, July 09, 2005
Personal Prioritizations For The Day!
The times when life is at it's busiest and everything around you seems to be moving at too great a speed offers a rare opportunity. Quite a while back a fellow by the name of Paul wrote a letter advising us to make our physical beings subject to the spirit rather than the other way around. Our bodies do seem to control a great many facets of our lives, from the simple hungers and less simple cravings to the pleasures and pains of our existence. Paul wanted us to fast in an attempt to make the body subject to the will. He knew without a doubt that it was possible to do so. Each of us has the power within ourselves to withdraw from the pace we are setting internally. How often have you heard someone say, "Things are moving so fast I can't think," or a similar phrase? That is the precise time we need to be able to pull back, kind of like letting up on the throttle and coasting to a stop. This action won't halt the speed at which the rest of the world is moving, but it will allow us to become observers for however long, instead of participants. This slowing down also provides us with an opportunity to use our ability for discernment to reevaluate the moment. There are those periods when we are rushing headlong through life and haven't taken one moment to consider what may be around the next curve or over the next hill, and even our vision becomes a tunnel with no end in sight. The world doesn't do this to us, we allow it to happen! Much in the same manner that we allow ourselves to become so wrapped up in living that we have no time for life! Maybe that is one more reason we need God, a reminder to slow down and ease back, do a check on our progress, and seek counsel from the source of all wisdom. Paul also wrote to us about running a "good" race, and fighting the "good" fight. To do this well we need to make pit stops regularly and perform needed maintenance to prepare ourselves for continuing the journey. I know, it's hard to watch everyone else continuing on without you for a moment, but in the long run you'll catch up, and you will pass many who haven't taken a break. Sunday is a great day to make that pit stop, but there are six other days available as well. The more hectic life becomes, the greater our need to pause to get our bearings and keep our wits about us. The world we live in is not going to provide us the opportunity to stop, it is going to insist that you keep on keeping on! So it is of our own volition that we make the conscious choice to take care of our vehicles. If this all sounds like old fashioned common sense, I'm glad, because I believe it is! The race is not always won by the most swift, and life will only be so long. Ride it well! God bless, Preacher.