There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens -- Ecclesiastes 3:1
The Word In Motion
"How are you?" A question that has become a greeting not a conversation. We all ask this question of each other, but are we just doing it out of courtesy or really wanting to know. A lot of the time it is asked in the store or at church before or after service, events and such...we ask it as we pass by...stopping sometimes but still focused on service is going to start, or I have to get home, or I have to finish.
We are in such a hurried world. The available time to sit and listen to each other is becoming less and less. Texting is the go to. "It is quicker to text, I don't have time to talk." Which in its self is great. cause we can still at least let others know we are still out there, but that only last for a moment. When we see people we care about our time schedule is so tight, we only have time to ask "How are you..Oh, I have to go now" We talk about needing to have relationships and such but our lives don't slow down.
I have come to a serious place in my life where I have to slow down. I don't have a choice. It put me in a position of realizing how fast life is out there. We have less and less time. Just getting time with family is even hard.
When God put me in this position of Stop or you will Die, I saw the world and friends speeding by and I am stopped at the stop light unable to move, sometimes not even able to wave as people go by. They yell out "How are you" and I try to share but they are gone before I can even say "Okay".
It has made me realize, how in my own life I had been so busy and missed opportunities to just stop and say "hi" ask "How are you" and listen with intent to hear.
In this place of quiet reflection, I realize that life is short. It is not about quantity it is about quality. Its not about time, it is about love. God's love.
Everyone of us has relationships that God put into our lives for a purpose. Don't let life get so busy you miss the opportunities to love on the relationships God has made you responsible for.