So many people today rush through their days as if they are in a race to the finish line. People rush from one meeting to another, from one appointment to another, from one gathering to another and I believe it is so that they may feel like they have accomplished a lot. What we must realize about being busy for busy’s sake is that many times we wear ourselves thin until we find ourselves worn out. What I have found to be a better way to live my life is to enjoy each new day that I am blessed enough to be a part of and relish in the simple things that bring so much joy and gladness from them. Simple things like spending time with friends and family and enjoying their company, going for a walk and enjoying the scenery, sitting quietly and being reflective over our many blessings can do so much to enrich our life and show us how blessed we truly are. (Ecclesiastes 6:12) (Psalm 30:4-5)
There are countless ways that we can slow ourselves down so that we are not rushing through our days where they will not be remembered and pass us by in a blur. We just have to make ourselves conscious to the brevity of time that we have in this life so that instead of constantly rushing we will in essence force ourselves to enjoy this beautiful day for all that it has to offer us. We will become better when we slow down because we will have the rest and energy to be at our optimal level where we can be more productive than we would have been otherwise. (1 Timothy 4:15-16) (Psalm 37:7-11)
I encourage you to think about your own life. Are you rushing through your days? Are you always in a hurry to get from one place to another without really enjoying the places that you have been? Now ask yourself is it worth it? Isn’t it better to slow down where you are at least enjoying the process of what you are doing? I believe the answer is yes and when we realize this for ourselves we will become all the better for it because we won’t be rushing, but rather we will be enjoying this beautiful day that God has blessed us with. None of us know how many days we have left on this earth and that is all the more reason that we should not rush through them, but we should enjoy each one to the fullest that we possibly can. (Psalm 103:15-18) (James 4:13-15)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to think about life in a slowed down pace so that each new day can be enjoyed, relished and used up.
ON THE SLOW TRACK
“Get on the Fast Track to success in life Now!” These were the words blaring out of my car radio when I turned my engine on the other day. I didn’t wait to hear what it was advertising before I switched to another station. The fast track in life has never been for me anyway. I have always found my own success in life on the slow track.
Being on the slow track gives me time to talk to my friends and be with my family. It lets me watch the sun rise in the morning sky and set at the end of the day. It gives me moments to sip coffee and laugh at the comics in the newspaper. It reminds me to stop and sniff the dogwoods and flowers in the Spring, walk barefoot in the grass in the Summer, romp in the leaves in the Fall, and make snow angels every Winter. It helps me to keep my arms, hands, and face in good shape by giving me plenty of time to hug my kids, pet my dogs and cats, and smile at all of life’s simple pleasures. It allows me to take long walks on warm evenings and feel the breeze on my face. It lets me read uplifting books, listen to beautiful music, and dare to sing along myself. Most of all it gives me time to pray. It gives me time to thank God everyday for my life. It gives me time to ask for His help in loving others, spreading joy, and growing in oneness with Him.
Being on the slow track helps me to be the person I was meant to be, to do the things I was meant to do, and to learn the wisdom I was meant to learn. That to me is what true success in life is all about. The slow track may be a quiet path. It may be the road less traveled. But it is a path that is full of love and joy and its road leads to eternity.
If you are on the fast track in your own life perhaps you might want to take a detour. The slow track may not make you a lot of money, but it will make your heart smile. The slow track may not help you to gain the whole world, but it will help you to keep your soul.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 91:9-12 “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
Psalm 34:4-8 “I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”
1 Chronicles 16:8-13 “Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him, talk ye of all His wondrous works. Glory ye in His Holy Name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually. Remember His marvellous works that He hath done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth; O ye seed of Israel His servant, ye children of Jacob, His chosen ones.”
Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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