May 2016 comment by Louise Warner

I wonder what comes into your head when May comes round. Is it the two bank holidays, with the long weekends that accompany them or the possibility of sunshine?

I’ve been reading a book called Soul Keeping by John Ortberg which someone recommended and whilst I haven’t finished it I have been pondering a sentence from a conversation Ortberg had with Dallas Willard when seeking wisdom on how to stay spiritually healthy. The statement is this ‘Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.’

Ortberg continued to push for further wisdom but Ortberg kept coming back to his point.

I wonder how much hurry there is in your life. Are there things that you miss out on because of rushing around? Do you really taste, enjoy and appreciate everything that you eat? Do you notice the evidence of God at work in your life and the lives of those around you? Do you get the chance to stop and really notice and enjoy the wonder of creation? Do you have the time to have a conversation with the person that looks like they need it, or maybe haven’t spoken to anyone all day? Are there things that you are missing out on?

I invite you to try eliminating hurry from your life, in the full knowledge that we are not perfect and may not manage it all the time, and see the impact it can have on your spiritual life and life in general. Feel free to share your experiences.

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