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SLOW DOWN

January 25, 2020 THE MMA TEAM

 

 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”

Matthew 6:33 NLT

We live in an instant society or like some may say, “the microwave generation” today.  You see fast food restaurants going up on every corner. Things need to be done in an instant. I hardly see people at the banks now because all you do is snap a picture of your paycheck and it goes right into your account.  You don’t even have to wait in lines at the grocery store anymore with online shopping.  I can even get my coffee in the morning in less than a minute thanks to Keurig.  If you are waiting for more than five minutes, it is considered a disgrace.

I am one of the assistant coaches at Wake Tech CC in Raleigh, NC.  I really didn’t see this problem of slowing down till a couple of weeks ago at one of our games.  We kept pushing the ball in transition and when we had nothing we kept pushing.  Coach was calling out plays and telling our guards to slow down, but they wanted to go fast.  After the game, while I was uploading film, I saw that I was moving fast in my life.

This is more for the people who are about 25 years old and younger, slow down!   

People are getting married at the age of 20, getting frustrated if they don’t get their dream job out of college, or we get road rage because the person in front of us is doing the speed limit.

But why should we slow down?  

1) Real growth takes time.

 God is not in a hurry.  When you look at the creation of the world or even our own spiritual growth, we see God isn’t rushing anything.  Growth takes time and our time is not His.  

One of my favourite stories in the Bible is the story about David.  Just look at his life.  A shepherd boy who is destined to be king.  If that was most of us, then we would try to get to the palace right away.  David was a shepherd and hunted by Saul for many years. The Lord had to work in him and it could have not been any other way. David was growing to be the king that God wanted him to be.

 This might hurt some of you but there are no life hacks for your spiritual progress, it takes time.

 2) Fruit of the Spirit

 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness… (Galatians 5:22 NLT).”

 It is in our design.

 “So God created human beings in his own image.  In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27 NLT).”

 We are made in the image of God as stated in Genesis.  We have this patient, loving, caring, and so many more Christ Like attributes in us.  

 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think.  No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent (2 Peter 3:9 NLT).”

 God is not slow or fast, but He is patient.  Growth takes a long time, which makes sense why they say trust the process” and “enjoy the journey, not the destination”.  If God is not in a hurry, then we don’t have to be either.

3) FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

 Have you ever heard of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).  I get updates on my phone the second something happens.  There is no way possible I could miss out in this fast-paced technology world.  Are we FOMO about the right things though?

 I started to slow down my life and started to pay more attention to what God was doing.  I was missing out on all the blessings, mercy, and grace He was giving me.  I wanted everything now like everyone else.  Yet, God was doing something in me that I was missing out on.

It is like our head coach calling out a play when we need to slow the offence down.  The coach is seeing something to benefit the players.  Think of God being the head coach and us as the players.  God is trying to call plays or tell us to slow the offence down, so we don’t miss the shot we take.  Yet we aren’t focusing on the head coach because we are moving so fast and we keep questioning why we keep missing.

I am like everyone else.  I want to get married, I want a family and I want my dream job.  Those are all wants, but what does God need me to do?  

I kept my focus on those things and I was rushing everything and missing out on everything.  I was missing the beauty God created, the molding He was doing in me, the people He wanted me to impact, and getting closer with Him.

I challenge you to slow down.  Don’t get caught up in this fast-paced world we live in now.  It is just like the tortoise and the hare.  You are not going to win rushing because sooner or later you’ll get burnt out and take a break.  Pace yourself like the tortoise and take your time.  You learn things along the way, and you end up winning.  You don’t miss out on what God has for you!

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