Gearing Down

Submitted by Michael Thompson on Fri, 08/17/2018 - 6:00am
The Daily Orientation

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

Jesus, Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

I have a young friend who turns 14 today. I texted him:

Happy 14th birthday! Another significant year toward becoming a man. These high school years are really good and really hard. Lots of voices trying to tell u who to be and what to do. Learn how to find your true voice and Jesus’ voice amongst the crowd. They will always be the ones telling u what is right and good and true. If it isn’t good it isn’t you and Jesus. Blessings to my good friend’s son.

I am almost 40 years older than my young friend and I am still learning, in training, and wanting to practice the very thing I encouraged him to do. The best way I can describe it is when I am at my best at discerning, I am moving slower; geared down and able to hear and see better. There is a reason why school zones and neighborhoods require a 25 mph speed limit. It is so we can respond well to anything that might enter into our path. We toss the term around a lot, “Walk with God.” I take in even more when I am on foot, a pilgrim on a journey with the greatest guide ever! The journey we are on promises danger, trials, and an ever-present evil… for now. Until Jesus remedies this through His coming again, we are invited to slow it down, gear down, and pay attention.

Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.

Paul, Ephesians 5:15-17 (AMP)

An excerpt from The Warrior's Heart. Learn more here.