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.
This week many bloggers are encouraging us to slow down, inspired by Ann Kroeker's book Not So Fast: Slow Down Solutions for Busy Families. Here, too.
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?