Wednesday, September 1, 2010

S L O W Down, Life will keep going, even if you miss that meeting!

For the last couple weeks I have been writing about  things I have learned that help me get a TON of stuff done each day.  I really believe in the stuff I write about, I’m not gonna talk about it it if I don’t think its valuable and useful for someone else.
I was stopped at a light this morning, frustrated, fidgeting, muttering about how irritating “waiting” at the light was, totally frustrated at being stopped,  and started to think about time, and how much self induced stress I impose on myself because of “time”.  Rushing from here to there ALWAYS in a state of motion.  If your like me you have been in your car “late” for something, just beside yourself….
WHY CAN’T THEY GO FASTER!!!!  I’m LATE…
At least for me the reality is almost always it doesn’t matter that much, I’m simply not THAT important.  That meeting, appointment, if I’m 10 min late, 2 days from now no one will care, in fact, a lot of the time no one is gonna care 2 min after I arrive!
So back to the stop light this morning.  I was irritated, so irritated I starting thinking about all the time wasted at the light.  If you know me, you know I’m impatient, If you’ve worked with me you know I’m the guy that runs meetings with an egg timer.  So I timed the light, yes, I did, I timed the light, and the next 6 lights, a total of 2 min 26 seconds.  2:26 of my life I will NEVER get back!!  If that’s average for my commute thats 4:52 seconds a day, or a little over 21 hours a year (if I did my math right).  I was running all the math in my head getting more and more irritated, when I realized 2 things.
1. There is nothing I’m going to do about it…
2. It’s simply not a big deal, its not gonna matter…
The FACT is that if I’m stuck at that light 2 min or 20 min the world is not gonna change, the sun will go up and set just the same, there is simply NO reason to worry or fret about it, it’s a fools endeavor to worry about such things.   Jesus said it best, “Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” Luke 12 22 – 26 NLT
I have actually posted this verse in a lot places around me, its in my office at work, and my office at home, I have it highlighted in my Bible, I have it written on one of my bookmarks, and yet I still rarely think about it, I rarely draw from the simple wisdom of the verse.  I think its our human nature to get caught up in our own worries and struggles and miss a lot of what God wants us NOT to miss… So what to do about it….
STOP – take a breath, pray for a min, and focus on what is the most important.  it’s NOT easy, our culture is one of busyness, and it’s hard NOT to get sucked into it.  The key is to spend the time on stuff that is meaningful and lasting…
-Christopher Behnke
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