One of the things that I’ve realized more fully is the busy state of Americans. Anytime that I go overseas I struggle greatly upon returning because our culture is not my preference. Busyness, programs, sports, cellphones, money and a lot more all dictate our time. I promised myself that I would not succumb to it again.
But here I am strategically trying to figure out how to change.
What I do in and of itself is not bad but longterm it definitely takes a toll. I long for the days of solitude where I sent letters in the mail and I knew my neighbors well. A phone would be for emergencies or to catch up with a friend. As much as I would love cellphones not to consume people’s lives, here I am writing my blog on one (there is a balance to everything I suppose). Busy has become a badge of honor and I am over here ripping it off yet failing to overcome it.
There is a song that Kim Walker Smith sings called, “Just Be”. It has become a soothing way to start my day for the past week and a half. All I want is Jesus. Everything is right, good and safe with him. In his presence everything either makes sense or there is a reassurance that someday I will understand.
No matter what load I carry, Jesus is all I need. He is all I want. When the load is heavy and I feel like it will overtake me (I see a flat version of me under the boulder even though I know that image is not a true one) I take a moment to let Jesus come and fill me again with his vision and hope.
Click the link below to listen to the song:
I’ve come to seek Your face
So everything else can wait
I’m here for You
I want to
Just be, here at Your feet
Just be, here on my knees
Here in Your presence I am complete
Jesus, you’re all that I need.”
He is more than enough. When we do not understand what is going on or when we cannot see in front of us, He is all that we need.
Take time to slow down.
Put your phone down. Embrace the one’s you love more than the time spent with your phone in your hands or your eyes looking at a screen.
Write a letter and send it in the mail. Bake a meal as a family rather than getting fast food. At your meal sit down and talk about your day. Keep phones, TV’s, and devices turned off in order for connection to occur and love to grow. Look your children and spouse in the eyes as you talk and laugh. Make family your first priority.
Busy is not a badge of honor but loving Jesus and loving others well, is.
Slow down long enough to be filled with new breathe.
Lord, help us.
“Everything else can wait”