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Living in the Fast Lane

Be very careful, then how you live—not as unwise but as wise.
Ephesians 5:15

My friend, Ethel, and I attended a women’s conference in Estes Park, Colorado. The conference was held at the beautiful YMCA of the Rockies near Rocky Mountain National Park. At break time, Ethel and I browsed up and down the aisles of booths that had been set up by local businesses. I love books, so naturally I ended up at the book table.

Suddenly Ethel said in a firm voice as she held a book in her hand, “You need to buy this book.” So, I did. The book was The Overload Syndrome written by a physician, Dr. Richard A. Swenson.

Ethel was right. I needed this book. Dr. Swenson really stepped on my toes. Are you like me? You never have enough time. You are frustrated because you don’t get enough done each day. I had overloaded myself with doing good things. I was so overloaded that I did not have enough quiet time to sit back and enjoy God’s beautiful world. Also, I was not spending enough time alone with my Heavenly Father.

Dr. Swenson suggests that we learn to eliminate hurry from our lives. Give yourself a little extra time when you are going places. He also suggests that we schedule margin time in our days. As you read this devotion, you see margins on the left and right of this page. You see margins between each paragraph—those blank spaces with no letters printed on them. Don’t have every moment packed.

Jesus never seemed to be in a hurry. He had time for little children to come to Him. He had time to talk with the woman at the well. Jesus often went up into the mountains to pray and to relax with His disciples. 

Time is God’s gift to us. He gave each of us 24 hours a day. Are you spending this gift wisely?

Georgia Andrus

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