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Busy not Hurried - 8 December 2019 - Bruce McCallum

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Sermon by Bruce McCallum
8 December 2019

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Busy not Hurried - 8 December 2019 - Bruce McCallum

  1. 1. HURRY SICKNESS “a continuous struggle to accomplish more things and participate in more events in less time, frequently in the face of opposition, real or imagined, from other people.“
  2. 2. “Dallas pointed out to me once that there is a world of difference between being busy and being hurried. Being busy is an outward condition, a condition of the body. It occurs when we have many things to do. Busyness is inevitable in modern culture. If you are alive today in North America, you are a busy person. . . . Being hurried is an inner condition, a condition of the soul.
  3. 3. It means to be so preoccupied with myself and my life that I am unable to be fully present with God, with myself, and with other people. I am unable to occupy the present moment. Busyness migrates to hurry when we let it squeeze God out of our lives. . . . I cannot live in the kingdom of God with a hurried soul. I cannot rest in God with a hurried soul.”
  4. 4. How do you know if you suffer from hurry sickness? (J.Ortberg) Speeding up SIGH a lot Nod more often to encourage the person to accelerate You chafe when you have to wait Clutter Sunset fatigue Love impaired
  5. 5. “For many of us the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a mediocre version of it. We will just skim our lives instead of actually living them.” John Ortberg
  6. 6. WHY DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS NOW? 1. Hurry prevents us from knowing God 2. Hurry decreases our compassion and empathy 3. Hurry increases anxiety, depression, and addiction 4. Hurry destroys meaningful relationships 5. Hurry leads to a superficial existence
  7. 7. RUTHLESSLY ELIMINATE HURRY ~ Slowing ~ Solitude
  8. 8. Psalms 46:10 (NIV) "Be still, and know that I am God; ...”
  9. 9. Matthew 14:23 (NIV) After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone

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