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Curse or Gift? – Hurry Sickness

OverwhelmedKey Bible Verse: So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. … Let us do our best to enter that place of rest.  – Hebrews 4:9, 11

Bonus Reading: Hebrews 4:1-11

Not long after moving to Chicago, I called a wise friend to ask for some spiritual direction. I described the pace of life in the church I then served, which tended to move at a fast clip. I also told him about our rhythms of family life: we were in the van-driving, soccer-league, piano-lesson, school-orientation-night years. I told him about the condition of my heart, as best I could discern it. What did I need to do, I asked him, to be spiritually healthy.

Long pause.

“You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life,” he said at last.

Another long pause.

“Okay, I’ve written that one down,” I told him, a little impatiently. “That’s a good one. Now, what else is there?” I had so many things to do, and this was a long-distance call, so I was anxious to cram as many units of spiritual wisdom into the least amount of time possible.

Another long pause.

“There is nothing else,” he said. “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”

I’ve concluded that my well-being depends on following his prescription, for hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. Hurry destroys souls.

—John Ortberg in

My Response: What might a breathless lifestyle be robbing me of?

Thought to Apply: Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.—Fred Mitchell (British missionary leader)

– Adapted from

Prayer for the Week: Lord, I want to use the time you’ve given me in ways that yield long-term significance.
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