James 4:10: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

Whenever we think: “Time is money – I have more important things to do”, we need to think again. Even if we don’t put it that way, even if we have something super-important listed on our calendar that we use as an excuse, there is an undercurrent going on, and this undercurrent will sweep us away if we’re not careful.

One of the first illusions as kids growing up is that we tend to think that time runs in slow motion. If we are bored, time even seems to drag its feet.

Then we grow into adulthood, and time no longer drags its feet. Decades seem to accelerate in speed. Yesterday we were kids playing in the Sun, today we see our grandchildren growing up. What happened? Life happened, and it usually happens fast. Life accelerates all on its own. But we can slow down if we are so inclined.

Life is not a race – we’re often pressed into thinking it is, but in all reality it’s not. We grab life at its tail when we enjoy the moment.

I understand we all have a calendar and stuff needs to happen to make the world go round. Well, here is the thing though: The globe spins entirely without our doing. As a matter of fact, planet Earth would be probably better off without the human race if we look at our ecological footprint.

A humble outlook on life is simply a realistic assessment: we’re not as big as we think we are – just looking at the vastness of the universe puts things into perspective – and what we deem important at the moment is maybe not so important after all. We need to allow ourselves to slow down to get in touch with reality and to put things into perspective.

Slowing down may not be an easy thing to do. I’m currently working on it, and sometimes I fail. Just recently I got a speeding ticket because I was racing to get to my next appointment. However, I have my moments when I’m doing it right, and you know what? Life is enjoyable that way. Speeding actually takes the fun out of life.

Do yourself a favor today: Instead of breaking the speed limit, hit the brakes. For Heaven’s sake slow down!

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