I recently heard something interesting on a Craig Groeschel podcast. He said Jesus fulfilled 351 Old Testament prophecies during his THREE-YEAR ministry, and he never ran, sprinted, or even skipped to get from one task to the next. He was busy but never rushed. He took his time, and yet he was remarkably productive. He also rested. A lot.
This message was not lost on me as I reviewed how I’d spent the last few weeks creating a new program for women who are so busy they have no time to do the things they love or be with people who mean the most to them.
I reflected on how I was rushing, running, and sprinting from one thing to the next. The days blurred together, took a two-day hiatus over the weekend, and then started all over again on Mondays. I felt tired and washed out from all the output. My serenity was slipping away and might have been lost if I hadn’t listened to that podcast while walking my dog.
Timing is everything.
That message allowed me to hit the pause button, and I made up a little mantra for myself: “Jesus walked.” Every time I started multitasking like a madwoman trying to get things done, I’d say it. And amazingly, I slowed down. Just saying it allowed me to go slower.
Like all new habits, it lasted a hot minute before I fell back into old patterns. Thankfully it had enough of an impact on me to keep calling me back. Things would speed up, I slowed down. It’s been a bit of back and forth, but I can see the habit starting to stick. And I like it.
Amazing how something so simple can be so profound. Instead of hurrying and feeling like I’m always falling behind, I slow down and catch up. What’s interesting is I’m completing what I have to do with time to spare. Time for people and things I love.
As I write this I’m planning on picking my granddaughters up to spend a few days with them. They’re getting older (13 and 15) and I don’t want to miss a minute of time they’re still willing to give before they get busy with lives of their own.
If you have a way to slow down, please message me. I’d love to add it to my health and wellness toolbox and share it with our readers. If you’re still riding the crazy train and want to get off, I invite you to join me and women just like us who are ready to take back their most precious commodity: time.