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31 July 2007

Humbled Learner

2:45 PM Posted by steve flores 8 comments
So I preached a message on Sunday, July 29, 2007, titled “From Rushing to Slowing,” but I changed the title to “From Rushing to Resting.” Slowing sounds so boring, but resting sounds inspiring. It’s just a matter of semantics really, because in order to attain rest I need to have a slower pace. Which quite honestly, I’m horrible at. As a child, my parents used to tell me to chew my food, instead of swallowing it – I have always been in a rush. It was revealing to speak a message you yourself struggle with, but I hope it made the experience genuine.

Needless to say, I felt good about it. The grid I shared were specific lessons I learned to teach me to slow down and rest – rely more on God, not my abilities. Here’s the grid:

When I rush, I’m dangerous.
When I rest, I’m careful.
When I rush, I worry.
When I rest, I’m calm.
When I rush, I miss opportunities.
When I rest, I see opportunities.
When I rush, I frustrate others around me.
When I rest, I’m pleasant to be around.
When I rush, I settle for less than best.
When I rest, I wait.
When I rush, I’m selfish.
When I rest, I’m a giver.
When I rush, I rely on me.
When I rest, I rely on God.

(For any application, you can contact me – for a story you can do the same) Although this is not an area that I have licked, I felt accomplishment seeing these truths in my life and hopefully helping others see this also, especially using Jesus’ model on how to find rest in Matthew 11:28-30. I could sense pride beginning to poke its ugly head in my life. I repented that night, “Lord, it all about You, my life, my lessons learned, and Your word. You get the attention and the acclaim.” Then, I fell asleep.

The next morning, I woke up late. (I guess I was resting…a little too good!) So, what did I do? I rushed! I try to get to the gym by 6AM, but I had to push it to get there by 6:10! I quickly threw my shoes, black under shirt, black socks, and undies in the gym bag, ironed my black pants, gray shirt, hung my belt on the hanger and hung my clothes on the door frame so I can grab and go. I rushed out the door and was on my way! The workout was rushed and when I got done I went to my locker and pulled my clothes out of the bag and this is when I just laughed.

God is a great teacher and once again I was taught a lesson. I was humbled at that moment and reminded I’m not perfect. I’ve yet learned how to rest. Inside my bag were brown shoes to go with my nice black outfit! I went home to get my black shoes and asked God to give me the discipline to rest in moments I feel rushed. I pray you find rest today. Sit down, breathe deeply, whisper a word to Your Creator and enjoy your day!