Friday, October 16, 2009

Slowing....



The story of the Good Samaritan was one that always stuck with me in childhood. How could someone leave a hurting man on the side of the road? And of course: I would never do that.
But as I get older, I realize that I am just as guilty of leaving people in need on the side of the road. How easy it is to get caught up in busy schedules, to where we are oblivious to those in need. I am guilty of putting "good things" before "great things". I bristle at interruptions. I bristle at the person God puts on my heart to minister to. I have a busy life myself.  I am guilty of putting priorities in the wrong place. Nothing on our agenda is reason enough to ignore the voice of God when He tells us to stop and help. 
What is the purpose of slowing down? For me, it is what Aimee shared:
Real, meaningful, nurturing relationships. 
Slowing down enough to see what the Lord wants from us, because "His burden is light."
How can you "slow"? So that you can hear that "still, small voice"? So that you can be led appropriately? So you do not ignore that what the Lord has called you to do?

8 comments:

Anna said...

These are good thoughts. I rarely hear the reminder to slow down coupled with the reminder to focus on others more - usually "slowing down" is presented as more of a self-focused thing.

I'm a new(er) reader and have enjoyed your blog a lot. :)

Andrea said...

Anna-
I think the whole "slowing down" philosophy encompasses so many different things on so many different levels to so many different people. =)The main point being we have to slow down to hear His voice and then the rest falls into place according to His perfect will. Only when we take the time to obey and listen (which can only come out of slowing down and being quiet) then we can be confident we are living the abundant life that Jesus talks about. I also look at it as getting out of the way of what Jesus wants to do through us.

Sandi said...

Thanks for sharing this.

Beverly said...

Yes. This is one of the things I struggle with most. My husband is constantly telling me to slow down. Thank you. And I WILL email you the newsletter from September that has the link to your blog post! So sorry that I haven't done that yet.

Lisa in TX said...

My slowing down has really been a speeding up the past few weeks. But I think it is still pertinent as we are called to help others, let a few other things go for a while and know that life lessons are the most important ones after all. It doesn't ever seem to be the right time when these "things" happen to us and it can be so hard to break away from our "normal" life. Just wanted to let you know that this post hits home right now. My house may be a mess, my children's schooling - behind, but I've been there for my family during some tough decisions as we move though my dad's decline to a hopeful recovery.

Andrea said...

Lisa--how wonderful.
I have to remind myself in each moment: "is what i think i need to do in line with my values of real, authentic relationship?" Because I truly believe that is God's will for us. People before things, chores, etc, etc, etc, ad nauseaum.
i don't know if we can fully grasp that until we are slowing down, still and quiet.
It's evident you chose the "greater" thing in your situation. Making those decision with your family is beautiful. and though schooling your children and cleaning your home is important, sometimes they have to take a back burner and we have to trust the Lord--again.....and again with our situations/circumstances. This is when we learn how His burden is so light. Those things we think we have to do?? Maybe not God's will or His burden.
Blessings to you on this journey, Lisa. Just processing some of my own thoughts here!! =)

Natalie said...

Great post, Andrea! I have made some intentional decisions not to do some volunteering at my kid's school this year that I typically do and even stepped down from a ministry position I have been involved in for many years at church with the hope that I would have more time, energy and patience for my own children. It has definitely helped and I plan on prayerfully and thoughtfully considering any opportunities to serve outside that might arise. That being said, just yesterday, I had a moment where my children wanted me to come outside and play with them and I had to make dinner. I chose dinner but felt bad about the choice all night. My next step is to figure out how to get dinner on the table more often with less time and energy output so I can play more soccer with my kids while they still want me to!

Cauphy P said...

I was thinking about this very thing tonight and something related: When you are stressed yourself and someone with endless problems who you've "counseled" numerous times in the past (yet who never listens) is calling on you once again and you realize you are not able to take this on anymore and reveal what a burden it is on you. Years later you feel their pain but can't remember your own and what made it seem imperative that you free yourself from this overwhelming drain. It is with profound sadness I contemplate standing before my Lord and see this failing pass before me.