Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, April, 2015

posted Mar 30, 2015, 6:05 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 30, 2015, 6:05 PM ]
Slowing Down to “Smell the Roses”
Americans in particular are frequently accused of living in fast time. But much of the rest of the world can probably relate to that as well. Just think about how often we rush here and hurry there. Or practically inhale our “fast food”! We have “just a minute” for our friends. We even use words like “running an errand.” We rely on lightning speed e-mail communication and speak of the old system as “snail mail.”

    Too frequently, it seems, we find ourselves in the fast lane. Too often, we go so fast we lose our center. Or we lament, “I wish I could, but I don't have the time to do so and so.” Now how can that be? How can we live so fast and then still not have time?

    An attorney, reflecting on his childhood, said that the greatest gift he ever received in his life was a note that his father gave him one year for Christmas. It read, "Son, this year I will give you 365 hours. An hour every day after dinner. We'll talk about whatever you want to talk about. We'll go wherever you want to go, play whatever you want to play. It will be your hour." That dad kept his promise and then renewed it every year.

    It became a time for learning about each other, of laughing together and for the dad to show his son that, for the next hour or so, he was being given undivided attention. It was the gift of slow time between a father and his son. And often it was the most important time of their whole day.

    That might well be considered as slow time. It's time that is not relentlessly measured by a clock. Slow time is time to be; time to experience life.
    Think about giving your children or another in your life or family a similar gift. Perhaps provide the gift of a breakfast out once a week. Just yourself and one other person with no particular agenda. No problem-solving. No lecturing or griping. (Instead of eating out you might want to go walking or jogging or whatever fits the bill better for you).
    Last month I highlighted the importance of “solitude” in this space. It's definitely good to be alone at times for sure, but we need some private time with others as well.

    It's important to ease up on the pace of frantic, hectic activity in order to find enough slow time. In the end, it’s not how fast you and I live our lives that matters, or how much we accomplish each and every day. Ultimately, it's about taking sufficient time to appreciate and enjoy the life we have been given. Is there time to listen to a friend or visit a relative in need?
    Are you leaving time each day to nurture your soul?

    Are you finding the blessing of slow time? After all, if life is a race, the
winners are not those who run fastest, but rather those who run well.
It takes plenty of slow time to run well. Take some time to
“smell the roses.” Overlook life's thorns and just appreciate living.

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries