Slow Down

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is it’s own trouble. Matthew 6:34

I missed jury duty Friday. My friend texted me yesterday to tell me they called my name. I was distraught to say the least. I had called on Tuesday, and they said we weren’t needed. They then went onto say to call back on Thursday night, but I thought they said next Tuesday.

I felt sick most of the morning, and called and talked with people at the courthouse until I got it figured out. I still have to call back in the morning to talk with the secretary, and I still just feel horrible about it. I was praying this morning about it, and I could hear God say, “Slow down.” You see, I was so busy making the phone call, I didn’t slow down and take it all in.

This morning all I could hear were the words SLOW DOWN, and I could see an image of the sign above. I know I get so caught up in everything going on around me that I forget to slow down. My life is so busy. With three small children, a full time job, and several side projects, I’m always working on something or doing something. I find myself worrying about the next step before I’ve completed made it off of the first.

Today’s world is fast paced, no doubt, but God tells us to slow down and just concentrate on one day at a time. Now, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t plan ahead, and be smart. It just means that we can’t live our lives waiting for the next moment.

A perfect example is one that involves my girls from a few years ago. We were at the local county fair. The girls were in line to ride, and Olivia could only keep asking about the next ride while Ann Elizabeth stood in anticipated excitement. Once they got on the ride, Ann Elizabeth’s face held a grin from ear to ear. It was precious to see her childlike wonder. Olivia, on the other hand, sat being miserable wanting to get to the next ride.

How many times do we find ourselves doing that? We can’t enjoy the moment with our kids because there’s housework to do. We can’t enjoy the moment with our spouses because there are kids to take care of. We get so caught up in the “next”, we don’t enjoy the “now”.

I pray today that I will begin to slow down and enjoy all that God has blessed me with. Help me, Lord, to enjoy the things You have given me and not worry about what is to come. After all, you are Lord of it all!


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