Hurry is the enemy of depth.
I heard that statement recently and I've been thinking about it. If you're a mom, you probably say "HURRY" a hundred times a day. HURRY and drink your milk, HURRY and eat your food, HURRY and get dressed, HURRY and clean your room, HURRY and finish your homework, HURRY, so we can go!
Why are we in such a rush? Why are we so busy? We almost wear our busy-ness as a badge of honor. We even greet one another with, "Keeping busy?"
I'd say that 100% of you would say that you wish you weren't so busy...that it would be great to be lounging on a warm beach somewhere reading a good novel. (Pause and relish that thought!) But at different stages/times/situations in life, it's a reality. (I remember those days and you just do it; now that my life has slowed down - no kids at home - I realize how crazy it really was!)
BUT it's hard to go deep when you are rushing around like a chicken with your head cut off (love those southern sayings). If we are not intentional, it's easy to rush through our quiet time with God, conversations (because you're also cooking dinner and unloading the dishwasher), putting the kids to bed, meals, sex, etc.
It's takes time to build relationships - you can't rush them. It takes...lingering over a cup of coffee, sharing an ice cream cone, taking a walk, laughing at a good joke, cuddling on the sofa with a movie, really listening, being totally present, roasting marshmallows...the list goes on.
So today, I hope you'll take a deep breath and slow down. Don't do anything drastic, just slow down and enjoy the moment!
PS I write this in my pajamas after I've been sick for three days - yes, that's right. I haven't worn real clothes in three days. It almost feels luxurious...if I weren't sick!