As I write this blog post I’m keenly aware of everything that needs my attention. Emails to respond to, meetings to be at (in 15 minutes), shopping list to fulfill, car to pick up at the shop on my way home, etc., etc. Lately it feels like I am running from one thing to the next.
Knowing that I would need to write about time management this week I thought it would be interesting to research verses in the Gospels, which help us understand the tempo at which Jesus led his life. Here’s what I found:
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.— Mark 1:16
As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth.— Mark 2:14
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain.— Mark 2:23
As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them.— Luke 24:15
Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.— John 10:23
Now while this post is not meant to be an anti-running commercial (because physical running is something we all should do from time to time) it is meant to be a helpful reminder as to the rhythm and pace at which Jesus conducted himself.
Throughout the gospels it seems as though Jesus moved along on a steady course from one encounter to another. Nowhere do we read about the disciples being out of breath trying to keep up with their hyper-speed rabbi.
Perhaps it would be a good thing for us to consider our pace right now. Are we moving too fast to see what God wants us to see—and might we be limiting ourselves in the process?
Could it be that time management starts with me doing some sort of pace-of-life analysis?
How different would our perspective be if Jesus had said to the lame man in John chapter 5, “Get up. Pick up your mat and run”?
Thanks for loving students,
JO , Director of Simply Youth Ministry Conference
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