there is enough time

A little over a year ago, I was gifted the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. The book documents how and why to be thankful for the “here and now”; to live a life counting blessings. It’s definitely a favorite – I still find myself flipping through the book at random times! I found an excerpt of her book recently posted on her blog and knew I needed to re-share. We live in a culture that is so focused on rushing, on being in a hurry to get to the next place in life {both literally and figuratively.} Today I’m working on breathing deep and taking in every little thing that happens in each moment. Today I refuse to let what is on my to-do list and the millions of thoughts running through my head rule my life, rule my day. Hope you enjoy her post as much as I do! xx

“A well-known pastor, he was was once asked what was his most profound regret in life?

Being in a hurry.” That is what he said.

“Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry.”

“But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing.… Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away.”

In our rushing, bulls in china shops, we break our own lives.

Haste makes waste. The hurry makes us hurt.

Whatever the pace, time will keep it and there’s no outrunning it, only speeding it up and pounding the feet harder; the minutes pound faster too. Race for more and you’ll snag on time and leak empty. Hurry always empties a soul.

In a world with cows to buy and fields to see and work to do, in the beep and blink of the twenty-first century, with its “live in the moment” buzz phrase that none of the whirl-weary seem to know how to do, who actually knows how to take time and live with soul and body and God all in sync?

I think of this often, words of another woman seeking: “On every level of life, from housework to heights of prayer, in all judgment and efforts to get things done, hurry and impatience are sure marks of the amateur.”

Is this the secret that all the life experts know?

That in Christ, urgent means slow.

That in Christ, the most urgent necessitates a slow and steady reverence.

That in Christ, time is not running out. This day is not a sieve, losing time. In Christ, we fill – gaining time.

We stand on the brink of eternity.

So there is enough time.

Time to breathe deep and time to see real.

Time to laugh long, time to give God glory and rest deep and sing joy. And just enough time in a day not to feel hounded, pressed, driven, or wild to get it all done.

There is time to grab the jacket off the hook and time to go out to all air and sky and green. And time to read and wonder and laugh with all of them in all this light.

All this time refracting in prism.

All this time that could refract in praise….”


4 responses to “there is enough time

  1. I love this so much! Thanks for sharing!

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