Most days I’m scrambling out of bed after hitting snooze 3 times, contemplating not showering, and then attempting to read & pray for a few minutes before I’m out the door. I wish I could say I’m always chilled out and that I’m a good Christian that spends time with God for hours every morning, but that’s far from my reality. Just a quick side note, I can’t imagine how you new moms do it. I’m barely making it most days and I only take care of myself. Props to you and pray for my future please! Anyways, today was different. Despite it just being my day off (looking forward to Netflix, food, and sleeeeeeep), I’ve been learning a lot about setting a pace for life. I didn’t get home from a team night until late last night so I gratefully slept in, made myself a nice breakfast, and then sat before the Lord.
Most days there is a constant pull to be somewhere, and our schedules are packed out to the point that we can’t spare a few minutes. That’s fair enough because we’re living life with purpose, but let me ask a question. What destination are we actually trying to reach? I’ll be the first one to admit there are many times I make myself busy just to feel important. I will literally THROW myself into whatever I’m doing because I’m not feeling worthy enough to do it that day. Your reasoning may be different from mine but the concept remains the same. It’s always said that pressure creates diamonds and we are those diamonds, right? But when we move so quickly through life, we’re not able to stop and face real pressures. When we don’t face real pressures, life can become superficial and even worse… basic.
Contrary to how we feel sometimes, we actually ARE in control of setting the pace of our lives. I recently took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. It had such a cute small town vibe and was absolutely beautiful! I wanted to rush through the city because I was excited to see everything, but I was there for 4 days so my friends and I walked everywhere and took our time enjoying it. By the end of the trip, I looked back and realized how much of the beauty I would have missed if I would have rushed through it like I’m accustomed to doing. I would have just missed a nice vacation, but some of us are missing out on vision for our lives, great relationships, new opportunities, and new experiences with God because the pace of our lives is so fast.
I want to remind you today that YOU set the pace for your life. Proverbs 16:9 says “We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.” But sometimes it seems like we have this scripture backwards, so instead we and are living like “God plans the way He wants us to live, but only we can make it possible.” The truth is we are actually the ones that determine the direction we’re going in and how we’re going to get there. That’s really empowering! Yes, God has great plans for us and He will direct our steps, but we determine if we want to experience them. We determine if we want to see Him working in our lives every day. His job is to just continue being who He’s always been and who He’ll always be. I encourage you to set your pace to see Jesus and you’ll have time for everything else that’s truly important.