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Just Stop

If I turn up the music of busyness, I will miss the whispers of God’s call.                                               Dale Hanson Bourke  

When I read this in Dale Hanson Bourke’s book, Second Calling, I was instantly rebuked in my spirit. 

Oh, how I could keep busy. I could multitask like nobody’s business.  I had three strikes going against me – my personality, being a mom and being a teacher. I practiced “busyness” for many years and you know what they say about “practice making perfect.” Perhaps, I got perfect at it because I certainly was productive in my earlier days.

As a Type A personality, I had a naturally strong achievement orientation. As a mother, I distinctly remember a moment in the bathroom when I was sitting on the side of the tub drying off one child, nursing the second and helping the third with her homework. As a teacher, I had so many people to see, places to go and things to do that my mind was racing from the time I my feet hit the floor in the morning until the time I collapsed into bed at night.

The small picture showed productivity, but the big picture showed exhaustion. It was a crazy, unhealthy pace that I couldn’t maintain and eventually, I wore out.

It was NOT a pretty picture.

The worst part of this season in my life was the distance that I felt from God. My frantic pace kept me from hearing the whispers of God’s call.

Slow down. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.                  Matthew 11.28 NIV

That was then. This is now. I am no longer a driven person. God has freed me from the tight grip of intense production and perpetual multitasking. I will always be a disciplined, goal-oriented person but I know when to stop and rest.

I just saw a young mom pushing a stroller past our house. She was also texting, running, pushing one child’s bike and yelling at another child, who was lagging behind.

Hm….maybe I should invite her for tea one day.


Does Dale Hanson Bourke’s quote speak to you?

Are you a driven person?  How does this manifest itself in your behavior and thoughts?

The peace of God always whispers – it never yells. Think of a time when you have experienced the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.

Speak Truth – You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.      Isaiah 26.3 NLT

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