Slow Down And Enjoy The Journey
By Tim Stone
A few years ago, I was on a ministry retreat. You would assume that since the nature of a retreat is to slow down and attending a retreat you would experience a time of refreshment. Well, in theory that is true. However, in order for that to happen you have to make yourself slow down.
In our culture, cell phones, laptops, iPads, and convenient Internet access make it very difficult to truly get away. Get away on vacation, on a retreat, for a day off, or just get away from work when you're at home in the evening. We live in a busy world and even though we try to take some time to get away from it all, if we are not resolute in our pursuit for a time of refreshment, we will come back just as tired as we were before we left.
I found myself at this retreat going to meetings, and making phone calls in between meetings, and texting between meetings, (and, yes, during meetings too) as if the world couldn't go on without my input. I found myself going to bed late only to have to get up early and rush out the door. Where my wife and I were staying was about a 5 to 10 minute drive to the retreat facility where all the meetings and meals were. Each time we drove to and from the retreat facility, we passed by a location where people were standing outside looking up at something. Some had cameras, and some had binoculars and all of them were looking up in the same direction. Each time we passed, we wondered what in the world they were looking at, but we were in too big of a hurry to bother stopping…
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