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We are losing our rhythm. You can feel it with some people. They are going and going and there is no pause, no break, and certainly no stop. Yet, that was not the way we were made. We were made to experience rhythm. Work for six days and then no work on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was the day God rested (Gen. 2:1-3). The Sabbath was the day in which the people of God would stop and remember again who God was and who they were (Ex. 20:8-11; Dt. 5:12-15).
How Fast Is Your Pace? (Which one of these best describes you?)
• Slow – “I’m almost asleep.”
• Comfortable – “I’m living, but I have to be intentional about this.”
• Very Fast – “I’m scrambling just to keep up.”
• Insane – “Now what are the names of those people in my house?”
When the pace is too fast – with too much going on, several things may suffer. There may be some fallout due to neglect and the lack of balance or rhythm in our lives.
• Our health
• Our relationships with God
• Our marriages
• Our relationships with our children, the extended family, etc.
• Our relationships with friends.
If you continue to live as you are presently living, what will be the condition in each of these areas in five to 10 years? I mentioned this to a class I taught last night. I find it very helpful to take a good look at where I am from week to week. Every December, I try to take a good, hard look at the previous year and the new year to come. Doing that gives life some rhythm. So many of us work very hard and into much activity with very little serious reflection on our lives. We are active and busy but some of us don't give a lot of thought as to the meaning of this busyness.
Where do you begin? Begin small. Try reflecting on the week. How are your relationships this week? How has your walk with the Lord been? Is there something you wish you had done differently ?
Now look at the year. What has been on your mind this year? Really. What have you been obsessed with? Do you have secrets which you cultivated this year? What is the condition of your relationships? How is your walk with God? What evidence do you have that your relationship with God is growing?