Friday, March 30, 2012

Slow Down

I find myself always rushing in life. I mean rushing to get to the next thing. As soon as I get to the place where I wanted to be, I find that I want to move on to somewhere else. All the while I do not enjoy the road which lead me there, nor do I fully appreciate the place I am once I have gotten there.

I remember as a child I wanted to grow up in a hurry. Now that I'm older, I sometimes wish I would I could become a child again. I pursued a bachelor's degree and obtained it. While I was completing it, I could not wait until I finished so that I could pursue a Master's degree. Now that I have the bachelor's and am in a Master's program, I want to hurry up and finish the Master's so I can move on to doctoral work.

I think it is a mistake to want to rush one's life. This may sound cliched but it's not about just getting to the destination. It's also about the path one takes and enjoying the ride. If you keep moving from one thing to another while not enjoying the place where you're at right now then my suspicion is once you're at the end of your life, you'll be amazed and disappointed how fast your life went. You'll remember how much you hurried without truly simply enjoying the moment.

Sometimes the anticipation of a ride is more exciting than the ride itself.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


I recently read a book that described the type of culture which was present during the time of Jesus and the Apostles. This author makes the case that back then, an individual's relationship with siblings took precedence over one's relationship with one's spouse. He points to different passages of Scripture which exhort for believers to live as a surrogate family. This entails sharing possessions, time, and genuine brotherly love with other followers of Christ.
The author also mentions that life's biggest decisions (e.g., marriage, vocation, etc.) were meant to be made within the context of community. This means receiving input from other individuals who one knows well and whom is well known by this community. The individual's community can offer insight pertaining to one's strengths, weaknesses, talents, abilities, etc. The point being these decisions were not meant to be made in isolation. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

So Much More

I'm not that old. Most people would consider me young but I do learn from my experiences and I tend to be reflective and analytical. As I grow older, I see more and more that people are not content with what they have. There is always a hunger for more. If one is given a dollar, he wants five. If he's given five, he wants ten. If he's given ten, he wants twenty and so on.
It is rare to meet someone these days in the U.S. who will reflect upon his life and say, "I am truly satisfied with my life." This is not to say there is no such person. This type of person is rare.