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Slow Down to Speed Up

April 5, 2012

Society would tell us achievement is based on doing more. God says the opposite.

I recently returned from a family holiday, camping in a beautiful South African river valley. There was no cell phone service, so we were completely unplugged. We had a wonderful four days of rest and relaxation as a family without the constant buzzing of our phones to drag our thoughts back to work and ministry.

We left work right in the middle of a very key decision for our campus. Being out of reach forced us to delegate, trust others and God, and leave our cares behind.

God gave a similar piece of advice to Israel. Ok, let’s call it like it is. He gave them a commandment in a list that defines sin! God told Israel to honor the Sabbath day and keep it holy (Exodus 20:8-11).

Which one of these statements describes your life? Is it a:

– Marathon or a sprint?
– Drive through coffee or waiting for it to brew?
– Sit down restaurant or fast food?
– An Atm or walking in and seeing the bank teller?

Perhaps the harder question to answer would be, is it :

One good, record-setting season or a lengthy, consistent, high performing, championship career?

I’ve been reading Jim Collins’s book, Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. He identifies successful companies as ones that take the “20 mile journey.” They don’t merely look for the quick fix, or even seek to capitalize on all a moment may hold. Instead, they seek steady, incremental growth over the long-term. This is common among the best companies.