"There is more to life than increasing its speed” Mahatma Gandhi
Within minutes of her death, I saw there were Star Wars tributes pouring in for Carrie Fisher from around the world. This is the instantaneous world we live in. Tripping over our feet to keep up – with the trends, with work, with our health and fitness regimes, with celebrities, with new research, with new technology. Even with new deaths! It’s like an endless chase.
The writer of Ecclesiastes puts it like this:
“The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes… All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. All things are wearisome, more than one can say.”
But I want to know, why are we addicted to being in such a rush? Can 2017 be the year that we slow down? Could this year finally be one where our headlong, fruitless dash just slows a little, and we look for peace with God?
The wise man in the book of Proverbs wrote “A heart at peace gives life to the body”. And what is more peaceful and more meaningful than drawing near to God? He doesn’t ask us to keep up with the world, but accepts us if we accept His Son.
Do you want spiritual peace? You too could share in the encouragement that the apostle Paul gave to the followers of Christ in Philippi:
“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
So, I don’t have a checkbox list of resolutions for you, but one spiritual mantra – slow down and speak to God. And if you manage this, why not resolve to listen to what He has to say?