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More Hurried than Ever
Theme of the Week: Rest from the Driven Life
Monday, February 17, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. (Psalm 127:2)

Dig Deeper: Luke 12:22-31

The Sabbath is God's antidote for our hurried, harried pace of life, and gives us the unhurried one-in-seven rhythm woven into the very fabric of creation. On the Sabbath, hurry becomes a vice, the opposite of our workaday world's way of making it a virtue. The Sabbath gives us a holy rhythm designed to slow us so we might better love God and others.

A generation ago, experts predicted that at this point in time we would be living in an era of unprecedented leisure thanks to labor-saving technologies that were beginning to proliferate then. They envisioned a future (our present) in which tasks that took up much of our lives would take much less time.

But the reality is that today we as a culture feel more hurried and less relaxed than perhaps we've ever felt. Technology has indeed enabled us to do certain kinds of work in less time. We have not, however, taken advantage of this gift to make more space for Sabbath leisure. Most of us have instead chosen to do even more work, using more time to make more money and purchase more things that won't really satisfy us. That is, in fact, the problem of modern life that no one could foresee.

—Alan Fadling in An Unhurried Life

My Response: Are there patterns in my life that would indicate I'm choosing to overvalue money?

Adapted from—An Unhurried Life by Alan Fadling (IVP, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

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Prayer for the Week
Father, please help me to live my life at a healthy pace. Teach me to follow the rhythms of rest that you've created me to enjoy.

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