Blur

January 12, 2017 — 4 Comments

“My life has been such a blur since I was 18, 19 years old. I haven’t even had time to contemplate my own life. By forcing yourself to write your life story you learn a great deal about yourself.”

Grant Achatz

Is it just me, or does life seem to be a blur for you at times?

Life goes by so quickly.  And technology isn’t helping things.  Within a fraction of a second, I can be virtually anywhere via the internet.  News spreads quickly across the screens of our cell phones, tablets, laptops, and televisions.  Within seconds of a major world catastrophe, terrorist event, or celebrity death, the whole world knows about it.

And people expect instant replies to their emails, text messages, and social media attempts to reach out.

We are growing up in a world where people are developing additions to their cell phones.  They can’t go more than a few minutes or even a few seconds without looking at their “smart” phones.

As a parent, it seems like life has passed me by in the matter of a few moments.  Yesterday, my daughter was born, and today she’s a freshman in college.  My son was born yesterday, and now he is driving his own car.

And the day before yesterday, I married the woman of my dreams, and now we’ve been married for over twenty years.  (She looks the same, but I’m sure I’ve added some gray hairs, some wrinkles, and some pounds around my waistline.

It all can become depressing is we let these thoughts consume us.

For that reason, we must fight against the blur.

  • We must learn to stop and smell the roses.
  • We must learn to slow down and enjoy the beautiful moments of life.
  • We must learn to give thanks for the blessings of each moment, each day, and each relationship.
  • We must learn to prune our schedules, so we can spend our time on the things and with the people who matter most.
  • We must learn that in the frailty and brevity of life that we must be intentional in all things – in the words we share with others, in the actions we take, in the thoughts that run through our heads, and in the moments between the milestones of life.

Are you going to let life be a blur?  Or are you going to do something about it?

Make the most of every opportunity.

Let your words be seasoned with salt.

Embrace the ups, the downs, and the in-betweens of life.

In fact, suck the very marrow out of life with each breath you breathe, each step you take, and each move you make.

Don’t let your life be a blur.

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.  Isaiah 40:8 ESV

What’s the speedometer of your life say right now?  Are you going 100+ miles per hour?  Or are you going slowly these days?  Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

Jon Stolpe

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  • Lulu

    My speed has been slow – construction zone speed. I was very, very sick since the beginning of November and am only now going out into the world – and only to do things like get my hair cut. It has been grueling and scary. How precious was the eternal promises of God to me, including the Word which will stand forever. Four antibiotics, 1 ambulance ride, 3 doctors, 1 specialist and sorted medications later – I am thankful to be here. It all sounds rather dramatic now – but I honestly thought I was going home, and it looked pretty good. My advice to all – enjoy the ride, no matter what the speed, for it is precious, all of it. Be thankful that you “get to do it”, but remember God doesn’t want your service at the cost of your relationship. As long as we have breath, we have a purpose for Him. Seek His while He may be found.

    • Wow! Thanks so much for sharing, Lulu. “As long as we have breath, we have a purpose for Him.” Great wisdom.

  • I’m not sure what slowing down is. I seem to have two speeds anymore: full-on, and full stop. And even the stopping is broken, disjointed, tentative. A good night’s sleep for me anymore is (if I’m lucky) five straight hours; lately, it’s been 2 hours asleep, awake, maybe 3ish more, and that’s it. There’s no getting back to sleep.

    And then there’s more and more to do on less and less sleep… As the late, great Kurt Vonnegut was wont to say, “So it goes.”