In my office, hanging on the wall across from my desk, is a sign with two quotes I need to read often …

  • Ruthlessly eliminate hurry! – Dallas Willard
  • Beware the barrenness of a busy life! – Corrie ten Boom

There is something about life that seems to continually speed up, making us feel like hamsters on wheels, feeling busy but going nowhere and often accomplishing little.

There is nothing wrong (necessarily) about a busy season of life or having to momentarily rush around – but such a life is not sustainable, nor healthy.

I’ve often found as Corrie ten Boom warns that a busy life produces barrenness – a life lacking fruit and life.

While the world applauds busyness, time management, and packing our schedules beyond max, I have to continually remind myself that there are things far more important than busyness and rush … my spiritual life, relationships, prayer, sharing the Gospel, etc. These things take time and demand we slow down.

So as we head into a new month, let me remind you as Corrie often reminds me: “beware the barrenness of a busy life” … and Dallas Willard’s wise words: “ruthlessly eliminate hurry.”

Wise words indeed … now we just need to live them.

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