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It is time to Slow Down!
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
I came across an interesting quote from a book written by John Eldredge called
“Journey of Desire – Journal and Guide” which reads like this:
I think C.H. Spurgeon had this in mind when he warned that a pilgrim will be better served “by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books he has merely skimmed. Little learning and much pride comes of hasty reading.” (Introduction pg. xxiii)
Books by John Eldredge
What a provoking thought.
A thought which requires me to slow down…stop…and put some meditative thought to its import.
Especially, particularly in this fast paced, quickly consumed world we live in.
Everything is fast , from sleeping to eating to living.
We move from one event, one activity to another,
either trying to keep up, getting it done – or – staying ahead of others, beating them to the punch, competition.
But, sadly the results truly is devastating to the soul.
Books, Books, Books...
Nothing is absorbed this way.
Nothing is taken in to the deeper reaches of our hearts.
Consequently – 2 weeks after we have either
experienced the event
read the book
looked out over the vista; we barely remember what we did, read or saw!
Too many people live for the right now, only thinking of the future as something to conquer.
Our journeys are fast;
our holidays are stressed with activity;
our vacations moving from one tourist site to the next,
so that in the end it becomes one big blur instead of a beautiful crafted photograph.
The individual colors become muddied to an indistinguishable brown/black
instead of memorable, vibrant, distinguishable intensity of color.
Life was meant to be taken slow, tasted, chewed, and enjoyed.
Life was meant to be seen and smelled.
Life was meant to be delightfully experienced with all of our senses.
Senses not dulled by overexposure and tiredness.
But made a alive with an absorbed sense of God's creativity,
God's grace, and God's joy!