Have you ever felt like your life was too busy? If you’re anything like me or many of the people I talk to on a regular basis, than I know you do. It seems like life is an old, creaky carousel that is starting to spin out of control. It’s going faster and faster and faster and we’re hanging on, waiting for it to fly apart. In today’s world, we seem to take a special kind of pride in being busy. We brag about how fast our carousel is going and laugh off the notion that it can only go so fast before it breaks. And yet, science has proven that the busier we are, the less we get done. I recently read a book that I highly recommend called, “Free to Focus: Achieve More by Doing Less.” In this book, author Michael Hyatt shows how slowing down and creating margin in our schedules actually helps us become more productive while living happier, more fulfilled lives.
I’m currently trying to find ways to slow down my carousel. I feel like I’m doing better than I was; however, I still have days when I can feel it spinning out of control. During times like that, I need to be reminded that God tells us to “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). God longs to have a relationship with us. He’s standing next to the carousel, calling over the racket of the gears and the screeching of the metal, “I love you! I want to know you! Be still and know that I am God!” Today, I’m going to make slowing down a priority. How about you?