What Makes You Slow Down?

I did not have time for this today.  Yet, here I sit at Discount Tire….waiting in line with a bunch of other people who also probably didn’t have time for this today, either.

I plan my day before I ever leave the house.  It has to be that way or I drive around this beautiful city by the sea all day long.  So imagine my chagrin as I left that house at 9:10 AM for a 9:00 AM meeting…only to find The Big Green Machine walking with a limp.  She had a gimp leg – a tire that was almost too flat to drive, but not quite.

So the phone calling begins – pushing back all my appointments for the day and hoping I can still squeeze it all in before the boys hail from school – for if not, this stupid flat will seep into my day tomorrow, as well.

Do you ever have days like that.  Days like this.  It was not in my plan…but it was exactly what I needed.

It’s been a really hectic month.  My wife and I were out of town for a week.  We’re in the middle of moving – which also means we’re in the middle of cleaning.  Our church has moved to a new location.  Our eldest starts driver’s ed this month – and all three of our boys have an abundance of after-school spontaneity.  I truly don’t remember the last time I just had to sit and do nothing.

So even though it’s in the midst of rivets and car horns…and although it’s costing money we don’t have budgeted right now….and since it looks like I’m gonna be here a while – I’m gonna slow down for the next hour.   I’m gonna bask in this internet-less office and read my Bible, catch up on my Group magazine, and enjoy watching these guys change 462 tires that I don’t have to change.

What makes you slow down?

Author: Darren Sutton

I've been in student ministry nearly 30 years…which generally just confirms how much I still don't know. Some days I'm the pizza-eating, over-responding, teaching-on-the-fly, desperate-for-volunteers, frustrated-with-co-workers youth leader that we all are. And sometimes…I knock it out of the park. I'm everywhere on social media that you are!

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