“My husband, Philippe, grew up in Belgium. His parents and all five of his siblings and their families still live in Europe. When visiting, I’ve noticed that many Europeans operate at a slower everyday pace. They live slowly enough to achieve their goals without neglecting their faith, family or health. They eat leisurely meals together. If they see a friend at the grocery store, they stop and talk. They stroll in the park…
We, on the other hand, assume that our days need to be filled with activities identical to those of the surrounding culture, and that our kids need to participate in a long list of sports and music enrichment programs in order to get ahead in life.
This default mode – these automatic assumptions – has left us with anemic relationships with both the Lord and each other.
Something is seriously wrong…busyness and hurry are killing us…
Our family is attempting to slow down in all kinds of ways.
…To be safe, we need to anchor our choices in a person – Jesus Christ – and we need to weigh them against His Word. For everyone who yearns for the benefits of a slower life, I want to point to Jesus and say, ‘start here. Start with the One who offers true and lasting peace. Look to His Word. Meditate on that. Learn from Him, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light.’
When I slow myself and spend time with the Lord, when I invest in my family and friends, when I live out my faith attentively and deliberately, I feel my scattered self settled. I find peace.”
~~ taken from the introduction of Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families by Ann Kroeker
Slowly and quietly,