||40days|| week three: turn from busyness

What was your schedule like this week? Did you rush around from one event or meeting to another? Did you feel like there wasn’t enough time for everything and everyone?

Legislators in the 1950s expected that as technological advances were made, people would have less work to do and more free time in their lives. Here we stand in 2012 more than half a century later with incredible technological advances that would have been difficult to foresee. Yet, our pace of life has done anything but slow down. Instead, our pace of life and expectations of mobility have increased exponentially.

In the midst of the rush of activity, it is important for us to turn from busyness, even if only for a season. Whether it is taking a weekly sabbath or scheduling seasons of life (like this ||40days||), we must do the hard work of whittling down our activity to enter into healthy and meaningful rhythms of life with God.

Only then will we be able to hear the still, small voice of God. Only then will we be able to enter into the words we encounter in Psalm 131 (NLT):

 1 LORD, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.
I don’t concern myself with matters too great
or too awesome for me to grasp.
2 Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,
like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.
Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD—
now and always.

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