Friday, July 30, 2010

Busy Busy

It seems so long ago since I sat down to type out some thoughts. I've been so busy. Preoccupied you might say. I've been reading a new book by Charles Swindoll called Strike the Original Match. A Biblical book about rekindling the fire in marriages that are on the edge. Suzy and I are reading this book as it is a requirement for our premarital counseling. I was reading a chapter dealing with little things that tear apart marriages. One of those little things was being too busy. I thought it was rather ironic how that same night I was going over this chapter I told Suzy I was too busy to go to town with her and enjoy the night. I had too many things to get done around the house to spend real quality time. In this chapter I came across a poem that I felt was worthy to share. Charles Swindoll puts it this way. "It is really worth your time....I would add, don't hurry through it. Digest it. Read it-perhaps twice."

Slow Me Down, Lord
Slow me down, Lord.
Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me, amid the confusion of the day, the calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of the singing
streams that live in my memory.
Teach me the art of taking minute vacations-of slowing down to look at a flower, to
chat with a friend, to pat a dog, to smile at a child, to read a few lines from a good book.
Slow me down, Lord, and ispire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life's eduring
values, that I may grow toward my greater destiny.
Remind me each day that the race is not always to the swift; that there is more to life
than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward to the towering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.
by: Orin L. Crain
Perhaps many of us need to learn how to slow down. From our Bible Studies on Wednesday nights we have found from splitting into groups and taking surveys that most of us deal with the issue of time and how we manage it. How we spend our time can determine and reveal many things. This has been an issue for me and I plan on dealing with it. This is one termite I will not let ruin my home.

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