How are you at sums? Do you use a calculator or add in your head; do you ‘keeping a diary’ to order your days? I’d be lost without my pocket diary. I’d also be ‘missing in action’ without God’s lead in counting days up right. 6 days to labour & a 7th to chill out in, enjoy with loved ones, & centre on God again.
“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” echoes the Bible prayer into our brand new 2020 (Psalm 90:12). Jesus taught us to count our days ‘one at a time’. Lena Martell sang it:
“One day at a time sweet Jesus, That’s all I’m askin’ of you
Just give me the strength To do every day what I have to do
Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord, help me today, show me the way One day at a time.”
St Paul taught us to number our days with gratitude, grateful for what we ‘do’ have rather than distracted by what we don’t or can’t have. The ‘blurry vision’ from hurry sickness is a terrible modern-day affliction. It robs us of the peace & purpose Jesus presence promises for our daily lives. It robs people of our complete attention, care, concern & best we can give them. Listening to someone speak, if I’m still thinking about what’s gone before or what’s coming next, I’m not fully present and able to give someone my attention and best response!
Like me, do you look for the quickest queue in a shop, the fastest lane at junctions, or forget some of the things you’re trying to multi-task? All symptoms of hurry sickness, which is characterised by continual rushing & anxiety and the funk in which you feel chronically short of time. It forces you to perform tasks faster and flusters you in the face of delays. It’s possible to ‘be busy & pray’, but my experience is that it’s impossible to ‘hurry & pray’.
“Hurry is the great enemy in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life” Claims Dallas Willard. Do you want more hours your day? Get Real, it’s never going to happen! It’s not more time we need, but ‘better use of or time’. Can you imagine Jesus ever hurrying or rushing things? Here’s Jesus’ tip:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 / MSG)
In 2020 I aim to: Slow down, Simplify, and Practice Spiritual Disciplines like Weekly Sabbath, Daily Silence, Solitude & Listening to God. In the face of daily challenge & difficulty, R Niebuhr’s prayer helps: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
Happy 2020 Vision!