Hurry sickness is “a behavior pattern characterized by continual rushing and anxiousness; an overwhelming and continual sense of urgency.” (Feb 9, 2013, from Psychology Today)
Do you suffer from “Hurry Sickness?” It is a real thing as shown in the above definition from Psychology Today. Many of us suffer from this sickness, especially in our 24/7 connected world. Hurry sickness robs us of our most important relationships. We become too busy for our friends, our family, and our God. What are we sacrificing on the altar of busyness? God never intended for us to be so busy that we cannot hear His voice. Slow down. Be still. Make room for your relationships, especially the relationship with God.
Matthew 11:28 (NIV) “‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'”
Here are a few Biblical things we can do to slow down and deepen our relationship with Christ.
1. Be still (Psalm 46:10). Plan some quiet time during the day. I use this time to commune with God and prepare my heart for the day ahead.
2. Rest (Mark 6:30) When Jesus and the apostle felt overwhelmed, Jesus took them away from the crowds so they could rest. We need to schedule downtime for ourselves so that we can recharge our batteries.
3. Talk a walk (Genesis 3:8). God walked through the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day. Walking clears our mind, and beautiful surroundings refresh our spirit.
4. Dine with friends and family (Mark 2:15). Jesus shows us how to relax around a meal and spend time listening to others. Visiting others is a great way to slow down.
5. It is okay to say “NO” (Galatians 1:10). Learn to say “Wait” or “No” to the many demands of life.
Psalm 46:10 (NIV) “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10 reminds us to “Be Still. and know that I am God.” God never intended for us to always be in a hurry. We need time away from the hustle of the world. We need quiet time for ourselves and our relationships. Jesus set the example for us to follow.