I’ve recently made a few decisions that might seem drastic to some of you: I deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts and I disabled email on my iPhone.
Yes, I’ve decided to rebel against a culture that tells us we need to multitask, that our personal value depends upon how much work we get done during the day, and that we have to be constantly connected. These days, although far from being perfect at it, I am choosing to cut out distractions and to live my life more slowly.
I believe that our spiritual lives will deepen when we decide to cut out distractions and slow down. I say this because when I contemplate the life of Jesus, I simply don’t believe that He was in a constant rush. Yes, He was on fire with His mission, but He wasn’t moving about frantically.
In my own prayer, I see him walking peacefully, slowly, aware of His Father’s love for him. When He spoke with someone, He was focused on that person as if she were the only person in the world. When He was preaching, He was immersed in preaching. When He was healing, He was immersed in healing. When He was visiting friends, He was immersed in the visit. I don’t think Jesus was concerned with multitasking. His mind wasn’t constantly buzzing with distractions.
I find that I when I consciously slow down and focus on what I’m doing, I actually get more done during the day and I feel better about myself. I feel more peaceful because I’m able to be more aware of God’s presence. I feel…liberated.
Try it: Start your day slowly. Move through the day slowly. Focus on the work you’re doing and do it slowly. Let me know how it works for you.
So, although you won’t see me on Facebook or Twitter, I still plan to blog; and I hope and pray that my blogging will help you to be more aware of the Lord’s presence in your life.
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