The ‘High-Speed” Chase: My Father always told me that “walking ain’t crowded.” What he was trying to say to me, is… taking the easy way is not always the best way…which means, conversely…it’s not always the worst way. Another CHOICE in life’s journey. When running at high speed… one often misses the real opportunities in life, career, friendships, and family. Are you running at high speed?
If you’re running at ‘high-speed’… you could be going ‘so fast’ that you miss the important points, or all the necessary steps. Sometimes, when skipping those ‘important points,’ we miss something that might turn out to be strategic in our plan. A few examples might be… I had a friend, year’s back, who married a person who had known to be involved in drugs. Yet, he was so interested in ‘tying the knot,’ he missed a few important points. He ended up “having to get married,” and two… marrying someone who was a “zombie.” Two very important steps that he missed because of his ‘high-speed’ chase.
Another example, is the guy who was ‘so smart’ that he skipped several grades in elementary school, and several more in high school, and entering college at age 14. Sure he was ‘smart as a whip’ but, because he was involved in that…’high-speed’ chase…he missed some very important ‘years.’ Along the way… he forgot to ‘grow-up.’ These ‘important years’ were contributing factors to his economic demise early in his career. It took many years for him to realize he was ‘doing it all the hard way.’
It is well to be conscious of the ‘steps in life.’ Those STEPS are there for a reason. There is an ‘appropriate time’ for everything…. It will all come about in due time. We are reminded of that in Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 – There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven: A time for giving birth, a time for dying; a time for planting, a time for uprooting what has been planted. A time for killing, a time for healing; a time for knocking down, a time for building. A time for tears, a time for laughter; a time for mourning, a time for dancing. A time for throwing stones away, a time for gathering them; a time for embracing, a time to refrain from embracing. A time for searching, a time for losing; a time for keeping, a time for discarding. A time for tearing, a time for sewing; a time for keeping silent, a time for speaking. A time for loving, a time for hating; a time for war, a time for peace. What do people gain from the efforts they make? I contemplate the task that God gives humanity to labour at. All that he does is apt for its time; but although he has given us an awareness of the passage of time, we can grasp neither the beginning nor the end of what God does.
Therefore, I caution… all of us….to slow down, think, and enjoy the many opportunities of life, in which… God has ‘gifted us’ with.