There are some things in life that you just can’t rush. Slow cookers are one of them- trust me I tried last week. And the week before that. I got hard kumera and pink chicken. Children, friendships, and church are others. Trust me again, I try to rush them all the time.
If there is 1 message that I keep learning over and over, it’s slow down.
Slow down does not mean procrastinate– it’s actually a great reason why procrastinating is not helpful– good things take time– so get onto them– but don’t rush them.
What does slow church look like? And what have I learned/ am I learning along the way at Mosaic? Here are a few thoughts about slow church…
- Choosing God takes time. The first time and every time after that. Allow people the time to choose wisely, to consider.
- I’m taking a long time to let God into certain areas of my life, why do I think anyone else is any different?
- God does what He’s doing at His pace– our call is to be faithful and obedient. (I know I don’t like hearing it either)
- Structure and systems can’t take the place of time.
- Process matters. The way we do things is just as important as what we do. And following the process will always take longer than I want.
- Take a Sabbath and remember that you are not just here to “do” but to “be” and enjoy.
Each of these ideas challenges me and my desire to get somewhere, to fix someone, to be God. But God says that He is the one who does the making and the saving. So I guess I can slow down and see what he’s up to.
During our season of re-examining Mosaic I’m especially encouraged by knowing that good things take time.
What does this mean for you?
Do you have areas of your life where you are impatient for God to work and so you’ve tried to speed things up?
Do you have enough unscheduled space in your life to see what God is doing?