The Speed of Life

The philosopher Ferris Bueller said it right, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Life sure does move fast.

As each day seems to spin faster than the previous one, it is easy to forget why we are here. What is the purpose of your life? If your friends were asked to sum you up, what would they say your life was all about?

I think these are questions we have to ask ourselves frequently, or we will drift through life aimlessly. If not we will one day wake up with the realization that life has passed us by. It seems that the greatest failure in life is not failing, but failing to attempt change. Rather than defining the world, failure is allowing the world to define us.

Perhaps we are chasing old dreams, or goals that need to be realigned. Maybe money isn’t everything after all? Maybe seeking a relationship with God is first, and perhaps family is more important than work?

Why do we keep going back to things that do not satisfy to ignore the One who does?

Since the pace of life is so fast, and the distractions are so many, setting a time each day to stop and listen is essential. When Jesus walked the earth He withdrew regularly for prayer. He had to do so early in the morning and late at night. And since our lives are no less busy, we have to do the same. For some the prayer is to turn to Jesus for the first time, for others is to return and make a reintroduction.

Perhaps God has been trying to speak to you, but you have been too busy to listen?

He speaks during the stillness and quiet of the morning. And it may be that stillness that He is asking for, so that He can move and reveal His power and glory.

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

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