Slow Down in All You Do

There have been several news reports of “hit and runs” or accidents involving pedestrians around my hometown in the past year. Some were caused by intoxication, while others were caused by distracted driving. My car was out of commission for a short time, so I had to walk my daughter to school every morning. One day, my children and I were half-way across the street and one car didn’t even stop at the 4-way stop. They just kept on going. If this only happened once I probably wouldn’t have felt the need to write about it. It pains me to say that I have consciously made eye contact with the people that continue on in the 4-way intersection. Perhaps they believe they have the right of way, who knows? If it’s just me walking, sure. Keep on going, I know how to stop. But when I have two little ones grabbing on to me, (one who could drop his toy Hot Wheel at any second, and the other who has a new-found interest in walking backwards with her eyes closed) shouldn’t there be a tiny bit of hesitation, even if you did get to the stop sign first? It amazes me that so many people are still driving at about 35 miles an hour before they start to slow down for the stop sign. And other times, I can clearly see that they are looking down at their phones while driving. I’ve had this paragraph saved as a draft for almost a month now, and I could never get myself to keep writing about it. I suppose I didn’t want to complain or speak ill of anyone. I have been taught to show grace and I have been training myself to do so. Whenever you drive, please slow down.

I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.
1 Corinthians 7:35

Because of the Facebook memory feature, I am able to see what I posted years and years ago. I cringe whenever I see past status updates that included melodramatic negativity, cursing, or posts that obviously contained a “Woe is me…give me love” agenda. A couple of years ago I started thinking more consciously about what I posted on social media. Whenever I noticed a hint of negativity in my posts, I usually deleted it and moved on. I didn’t want to drag other people down with me. Nowadays negativity is on our newsfeed like a virus. Do we really need to pile it on with our own rants and/or political nonsense? Think to yourself “Is there any benefit to me or anyone else before I press ‘Enter'” Before you post, slow down.

Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Romans 12:17‭-‬18

When your children or your spouse upset you, it is easy to do two things: Instinctively yell or stew about it until it bubbles up into an even more dramatic ultimatum. Before you react, slow down.

The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?”
Jonah 4:4

Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
James 1:20

It has been a long day. You have been counting down the minutes to bedtime. Your children fight you at every point during the bedroom routine. “Why do I always have to brush my teeth first?” “I don’t like those jammies.” “But we didn’t get dessert!” “Can we pleeeeeeeeease stay up longer?” You are frantic in your spirit to get your children to bed, so that you can breathe and enjoy the silence. You are fully justified in wanting to put them to bed, because the constant push and pull is wearing you down. But when was the last time you shared a perfect, puzzle piece fitting hug with your kids? When was the last time you sang them a song? When was the last time you said, “Sweet dreams. I love you.” Before your kids can get ready for bed on their own (or even if they already do) slow down.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.
2 Thessalonians 3:16

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15‭-‬16 ESV

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