Billy is 3 years old, playing with his cars and trucks. Everyone asks him – “What are you going to be when you grow up?”
Billy is in middle school. Everyone asks him -“What are your plans for high school?”
Billy is in high school. Everyone asks him – “What are you going to major in at college?”
Billy is in college. Everyone asks him – “When are you going to get married?”
Billy gets married. Everyone asks him – “When are y’all going to have kids?”
This is a story I heard in a sermon last night, and it really hit home with me. At every stage of life, we’re being pressured to decide on the next.
In this society of speed, we’re running through life.
How many of you have said that time is flying by? I know I have. In reality, time isn’t flying. WE ARE. Never has a minute lasted 30 seconds.
While there is something to be said for planning ahead, there is also much to be said for not rushing through the stage of life we are in.
We’ve been taught it’s best to be out in front. But if you think about it… if you’re alone in front, who is there to talk to when you get tired? Have you ever tried to talk to someone while they’re running? Kinda hard, isn’t it? How about when you’re walking alongside someone? You can easily talk. If one falls, the other can help them up. If one gets tired, the other can drag them along.
See, my point is – we need people in this life. We were never meant to be an army of one. Shocker. God never intended for us to have to do it alone. We need to have someone that we are pledged to walk through life with.
I know it has only been within the past year that I have found that… and I’m 23 years old. So if you’re reading this and thinking “That’s nice, if you have it,” your people are out there. They just may not be where you’ve been looking. But don’t give up, ok?
You know a minute ago when I said it’s hard to talk to someone when they (or you) are running? It’s also hard to hear. So if you’re running through life, it may be hard for you to hear the voice of God. Woah. Scary, right?
One thing that has been pointed out in this sermon series I’m listening to (Stride by Michael Todd) is that Jesus never ran anywhere. Everywhere you see Jesus going, He WALKED. Think about it. If Jesus had been running through the towns, the woman with the issue of blood would never have been able to reach out and touch the hem of His garment and be healed. He wouldn’t have heard blind men calling out to Him and stopped to heal them. The widow wouldn’t have had her dead son restored to her, because Jesus would have been going by too fast to notice the situation.
How many things do you think we’ve missed by going too fast? For me, it’s a sobering thought.
While I’m encouraging you to walk, not run… I’m not telling you to just stand idly by. Don’t take me wrong… I firmly believe there are times when we are supposed to stand. I’m thinking of stories in the Bible where it was said “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” So I’m not saying it’s NEVER right to stand. But I’m saying… don’t rush your life. So many mistakes can be made that way.
One of my friends’ dad said this last night, and I loved it. Without the peace of God and a friend willing to sit on the couch and watch a movie with you… a fancy sports car in the garage isn’t going to fulfill you. What are you working towards? Why?
Don’t take me wrong, there’s not one of us in my group who thinks it’s wrong to have a fancy sports car or make a lot of money. But we all know the value of true friendship. And we know that our walk with God and with each other is far more valuable than any earthly possession we could have.
I want to learn to walk through life. And I’m gonna be honest. In this day in time, with social media and television and magazines and just society as a whole setting what they think should be the standard… it’s hard to not succumb to the pressure of feeling like we have to keep up. But why do we? I mean, really? To quote a song – “Who decides the test of what is really best?”
I hope you were able to get something out of all my rambling. I know this is impacting my life, and I wanted to share it with y’all.
Love and prayers,