Sometime in the past few months, I had heard about a book called “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer. The title sounded intriguing so I used a credit on Audible.com to purchase the book and listen to it this past weekend. (And I have never gotten through a whole book in one weekend, so that should speak to how easy of a read or “listen” it is.) From beginning to end, Comer fascinated me with this idea of the less-hurried life that I had always wanted but never knew was possible.
After listening to only a quarter of the book, it was obvious that the author had done a lot of research on the statistics regarding the way people in the past have utilized their time versus the way people today utilize their time. And the results were shocking! It turns out that people today feel more rushed than people of generations past, even though we have a plethora of time-saving technology to help us with everyday tasks. It’s what we fill our time with that makes this generation more hurried. We are all in much more of a hurry than our ancestors were because our sources of (unnecessary) entertainment are endless – from streaming mindless shows on our smart televisions to playing pointless games on our smart phones. Things that people 100 years ago would have no idea what to do with! It’s funny how (read: scary that) as technology gets “smarter”, humanity gets “dumber”. Let’s just say: I wish we could all get back to a slower pace of living.
As the book went on, the author hones in on some practical things that Christians can do to live less hurried lives. He challenges believers to go into solitude often, practice a weekly Sabbath day, biblically simplify their lives, and just take the time to slow down – things that are easier said than done. But throughout the book, Comer sprinkles in practical ideas to get you started on doing each of these four things; the main one being this: As Christians, we need to start living less hurried lives by better prioritizing our time…starting with the time we spend with Jesus.
As Christians, we need to start living less hurried lives by better prioritizing our time…starting with the time we spend with Jesus.
Since reading this book, the routine of my day-to-day life has looked a little different and my outlook on life has changed from “go, go, go” all the time to “take your time and slow down”. I have put my phone across the bedroom at night when I go to sleep so the last thing on my mind is not a post on Facebook, it’s a prayer to the Father. I have gotten into a daily routine so that my body knows when it’s time to wake up and when it’s time to go to sleep – and I listen to it! I have started to read more books and fill my time with gaining more wisdom rather than gaining more wins on Mario Kart.
Listening to this book helped me realize that there are many things that I choose to fill my time with. Things that are far from necessary. I have started to prioritize my time and fill it with things that give me life rather than things that numb my brain. If you want to learn about ways that you can eliminate hurry in your life and simply slow down, this book would be a great place to start!