Go vs. Be

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Dads and husbands, you will never regret the time you take to stop, engage and experience life with your family.

Pastor Pete Wilson talked about what we may miss when our lives are going far too fast. He gave the illustration of traveling to Philadelphia this past week. He said as his plane was passing over the city, flying over 300 mph, he saw all he could while looking down and was intrigued by the skyline and geography.

Then as he was picked up at the airport and driven down the interstate at 70 mph, he passed by landmarks and areas he thought were very cool, but had to look quickly while passing by.

Then later in the day, he had about 2 hours of free time where he was able to walk around to stop and see some historic places.

His very timely point was, when we are traveling through life at 300 or 70 mph, we can’t really experience much. It takes slowing down and stopping to truly engage. The final point made was we can not get to know Jesus, or anyone we care about, until we slow down, stop, and connect.

What a great analogy.

Dads, you will never regret the time you take to stop, engage, and experience life with your kids. Don’t miss their lives for the sake of being busy. We all have to work on this, but the only way to work on it is to do it.

Husbands, if it’s been a while since you stopped, looked your wife in the eyes, and listened to her talk about her life, I want to encourage you to make that effort this week. We all have to work on this, but the only way to work on it is to do it.

Adopted sons and heirs of God, we must stop, disconnect from the world, and focus our hearts on the Father to experience His grace and wisdom. We all have to work on this, but the only way to work on it is to do it.

Going 300 mph, even 70 mph, is what it takes to get us where we need to go.

But stopping is what it takes to get us where we need to be.

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” —Matthew 6:6 MSG

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