Laugh, Learn, Linger and Love: Hurry is a Thief

Authentic Living in an Artificial World

Living Free Every Day®

Today's Scripture
"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 12:28-30 MSG

Thoughts for Today
This week we've discussed laughing, learning, and leaning. Another characteristic we need to develop as growing Christians involves lingering.

One of the biggest enemies of our spirituality is hurry. We are so busy, so distracted and so preoccupied that we tend to settle for something less than the authentic Christian life. Being too busy can make us restless, rarely pleased with today and always living for tomorrow. Hurry sickness steals the calm contentment, gladness and peace that are available to us through Jesus. He wants to teach us to take a real rest.

Consider this ...
Here are four "S's" that will help you slow down the pace and develop a lingering heart: slowing, silence, solitude and Sabbath.

Slowing down: Cultivate patience by deliberately placing yourself in situations where you simply have to wait.

Silence: Take time to be still and experience God's presence.

Solitude: Set aside regular "alone" times for yourself.

Sabbath: God has provided us with a day of rest. Let's enjoy it. Use it as a time to get a proper perspective.

Learn to linger!

Prayer
Father, forgive me for allowing my "busyness" to keep me from you—and from the rest you have provided. Teach me to take a real rest. Teach me to live freely and lightly. In Jesus' name ...


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Authentic Living in an Artificial World
by Dr. Mike Chapman. This 45-minute group study gives understanding about what it means to be real. The facilitator's guide includes reproducible group member study sheets and an audio CD designed to help facilitators prepare for each session. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a study for individuals or couples.


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