>Oh What Peace We Often Forfeit

>In these present moments I find that life has a way of becoming so saturated with busy work. We have pegged so much as being ‘important’ priorities so much so that its all really become unimportant. I believe it was Andy Stanley who said something to the effect that urgent things are important things that we did not take care of when we had the time to do it properly.

In this culture the running view of life is to run. Run as fast and hard as you can getting all that you can get fulfilling a promise or dream or ambition at the expense of recalling all that is really important and beautiful and noble. In searching for some semblance of real meaning in the arts, or media, or entertainment I have only found a message that ‘if you don’t have it, get it, and if you can’t get it, work harder till you do…but remember we’ll have something new for you in the next season and you’ll need that too.’

You might be an avid media proponent it does not matter. Because the fact of the matter is we become broadcasters of the messages in our actions as clear as many media forms. When our jobs (or hope for the right jobs) begins to dictate the truth of our day, when the search for entertainment becomes the only way you find meaning, when your relationship with the creator is more about consumption, or you can’t remember the last time you really enjoyed the presence of a good loved one, friend, estranged foe(?) or moreover said something timely, encouraging, or a breath of fresh air (and unprompted) you have arrived at the postmodern stop.

When we rush, we are moving to quick to enjoy the few moments we have in this world. And most often we do this because then next moment is where we are trying to get to. How do we slow down? I think there are a few ways but perhaps consider this: stop for a moment and remember whose plan is best. We tend to get frazzled when we try to work a program that is broken from the beginning. Secondly and running neck and neck I believe is the need to stop and notice the people around you. I mean take the time to really see them. And then try your best to say something to them that THEY need to hear. You never know when some of the answers you need for your life are found in the encouraging and communication with others.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear

May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

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