The cost of rushing

What was the fastest thing in the world when Jesus walked the earth?

It couldn’t have been a jet or car because they weren’t invented yet. So it was probably an animal or a ship.

Of all the things life would surely have been, it would definitely have been… slower. Difficult? Yes. Meaningful? Yes. But also slower.

Speed blurs things—not only what you see but what you experience. This is something I need to continually work on. But whenever I take the time to slow down, I notice how much better I feel… and at peace.

Joshua Piven writes: “One recent study found that a car driven aggressively for ninety miles saved barely five minutes over a smoothly driven car—and used 30 percent more fuel.”*

In other words, rushing is not only dangerous, but it doesn’t really get you anywhere faster, and it still costs you!

I just wish God has designed the world to slow things down—so that we could have just one day a week where we could rest and worship and be reminded how good life can be.

Oh, wait a second. He has.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God” (Exodus 20:8-10).

Make time to rest—not just physically, but mentally. Rushing is not only dangerous, but it doesn’t really get you anywhere faster, and it still costs you.

What if the next great improvement in your life wasn’t doing more, but less.


Notice: The Up Devotional will be going on pause for a week (starting Tuesday, March 30) because my computer needs some repairs!

–The Up Devotional is published 5 days a week (Monday-Friday).

–*Joshua Piven, This Green House: Home improvements for the eco-smart, the thrifty, and the do-it-yourselfer (New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2009), 128.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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