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Struggling to Keep Up

Tattoo, a Bassett hound in Tacoma, Washington, didn't intend to go for an evening run. But, when his owner shut the dog's leash in the car door and took off with the dog still outside the vehicle, Tattoo had no choice but to run along behind.

A local motorcycle policeman noticed a passing vehicle with something dragging behind. It was "the basset hound picking up his feet and putting them down as fast as he could." The officer chased the car to a stop and Tattoo was rescued, but not before he had reached speeds of 20 to 25 miles per hour, rolling over several times.

Do you ever feel like Tattoo? Like somebody has tied you to a fast car and you are desperately trying to keep up while being dragged through life? We rush off to work in the morning. We hurry to get the kids to Little League. We toss something in the microwave to nuke a quick dinner before zipping off to another appointment. Somebody stepped on the gas and we’re getting dragged along.

The good news is: we can unleash ourselves. And we should.

There is an interesting recurring admonition in the Bible. “Be still, and know that I am God,” we read in Psalm 46:10. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently,” it says in Psalm 37:7. Or, “Be still, for this is a sacred day,” we’re told in Nehemiah 8:11.

It’s a spiritually healthy exercise to do nothing - to be still. We need time to think, to meditate, and to evaluate. Jesus, in the middle of the most important work ever done on earth, often “withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16). Surely we need to do the same.

But that won’t happen by accident. And, it won’t happen if you wait until everything else is done to find the time. (Everything else will never be done.) This time to be still must be planned. It must be a priority.

Is it for you? Do you have a plan for finding a time to be still? Do you have a quiet place to pray, to meditate - to evaluate your direction and pace in life?

It is far too easy to mistake movement for mission. Tattoo was moving fast, but he wasn’t going where he really wanted to be. Nor at the pace he really wanted to travel. What about us?


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