I tend to be very driven. I push. When the circumstances need it, I drive things forward with every fiber of my being until it comes to pass.
But it’s a gift that bites back. It’s a gift that turns into a curse if not under the reigns of Jesus.
A couple weeks back I was speaking at an event in Nashville. The team that brought me out, put me up in an amazing hotel. Like, fancy. Too fancy for a guy born in the dusty western town of Tucson—you know, guns, tumble weeds and saloons…I actually grew up down the street from a saloon… anyway…
I was speaking at night, so when I woke up that day I had all day to myself. So I got some coffee and started reading. As I sat in this beautiful, peaceful space in downtown Nashville, my type-A, driven, personality rudely invaded my quiet time. I started thinking of the people I should meet with. I mean, I’m here all day and Nashville is filled with people I “should” meet with. Right?
So, like a good Christian, I paused and asked. “Lord, who should I meet with today?”
The answer was swift. It was like a splash of cold water to my face. God replied with one poignant word.
There is a proper cadence to work. There is a life-giving, commission-fulfilling nature to being a co-laborer with Christ. Jesus said that his “yoke” is easy. A yoke is literally a wooden beam that connects two working animals. It keeps their pace in-step with one another. We are connected to Jesus in that way. Connected to his rhythms. Connected to his broad shoulders that carry the weight. His burden on you, is light.
Hustle can be good, but needs to be controlled.
The only antidote to the noise we face in life is an ancient principle. A principle God displayed before he commanded. Sabbath.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.—Exodus 20:8-11 English Standard Version (ESV)
Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul. The world has our hands, but our soul belongs to Someone Else. Six days a week we seek to dominate the world, on the seventh day we try to dominate self.—Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath
- “What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” — Herbert A. Simon
- We have a wealth of information and connection, but have created a poverty of attention.
- “Media multitasking is becoming more prevalent in our lives today and there is increasing concern about its impacts on our cognition and social-emotional well-being. Our study was the first to reveal links between media multitasking and brain structure.”
- Makes Grey Brain matter less dense. We become incapable of deep thought when we bounce from thing to thing never going deep. Multitasking on phones, computers and TV are literally changing the physical nature of your brain.