It's almost straight from a cartoon or sitcom. Bowls and cereal are thrown on the table from the kitchen, clothes are flying around and something ends landing on their bodies. Toothbrushes, toothpaste is all a mess. Their hair may or may not get done (but that's our little secret). Lunches are in the backpacks, backpacks on their backs, and we are heading out to the car. I just got stressed out all over again, just typing that!
The car time is different. We can only drive so fast (there are speed limits and we go through several school zones just to get to our school). So it seems that time during the car ride slows and this is where there is much magic and awesome conversation. I know I won't always get this kind of conversation, so I'm taking advantage of it. But that's for a different post.
That mad dash gets me every day. I don't look forward to how frantic we get. Even on the days that we make slower yet successful progress, it is probably because I forgot to take out the trash or something like that. Being on time is a pet peeve of mine and I grew up knowing that on time means 15 minutes early. I'm never that early anymore, but I try my hardest to be on time. That means that sometimes the process to get somewhere on time is frantic and crazy.
I see in many people and in many churches that we tend to have this mad dash sense of spirituality. That we must run around frantic to get everything done. Yes, there are things that need attention every Sunday. Yes, there are times when we need to hurry to an Emergency Room, hospital, or someone's house. But if we are going to be disciples of Jesus (people who follow Jesus), then we might want to reflect on our pace. Jesus never seemed to live life in a mad dash. He was not bound by time, quite like we are. He was urgent about glorifying God. But he was evenly paced when it came to healing others, miracles, exorcisms, and raising people from the dead (remember Lazarus).
I think it is important to take notice of our pace in life. Sometimes we need to slow down from the mad dash life that exists in our culture to really soak in Jesus and see what God is doing around us. We might even need to do this at church, during our worship services. Other times we might need to find more urgency. When it is time to show God's glory to those around us, it is time to be urgent in that mission.
What is your pace in life?
What is your mad dash story?
How can we find a better pace for the Kingdom?