October 2016

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry


In 1967, experts on time management delivered a report to the U. S. Senate. These experts believed the speed of technology, satellites, and robotics would present a big problem for the American workplace in the years to come.
The problem? People would have too much free time.
Here’s a quote from the report. “By 1985, people might have to choose between working 22 hours a week, 27 weeks a year, or retiring at 38.” The experts really nailed that one, didn’t they!

Increased speeds in technology have, in fact, decreased free time. The “experts” didn’t anticipate us filling in the productivity gaps with…more productivity. But we did. And today, we’re addicted to speed. This addiction is so prevalent, it’s been given a name…hurry sickness.
In a blog, Frank Powell defined Hurry sickness as “a continuous struggle to accomplish more things and participate in more events in less time, frequently in the face of opposition, real or imagined, from other people.”

If you’ve ever laid on the horn because the person in front of you didn’t turn fast enough or changed aisles at the grocery store because another aisle had fewer people, you might suffer with hurry sickness. Let’s be honest, our pace is unhealthy. We accomplish more in less time, but at what cost?

Could it be that faster doesn’t equal better? Is it possible that the fast life doesn’t lead to the good life? I think so. Hurriedness isn’t from God. As psychiatrist Carl Jung said, “Hurry is not OF the devil. Hurry IS the devil.”
I’m not against productivity or speed. Usain Bolt is a great athlete. I can’t imagine a world without planes and computers. But I’m concerned, about the idolatrous result of bowing down to speed and productivity, because a hurried life prevents us from knowing God.

In a children’s book called Where Is God? It says this:

“Where is God…God is in the beginning…in the tiny hands of a baby…Where is God?…God is in the end…in the last bite of birthday cake…Where is God? God is in the world…God is everywhere…wherever we look.”
A hurried world has no time for looking, no space to notice God. Life is about the next thing, the next event, the next item on our to-do list.
As long as we move at this speed, we shouldn’t wonder why our relationship with God suffers.
God is wherever we look, but are we looking for Him?


October 2016