Slowing Down

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matthew 6:25-34, NIV


When Jesus was talking to his disciples, he told them not to worry, and he uses the birds of the air as an illustration. This passage is not often thought of as a passage about worship, but it actually is. One of the key points in this passage is the first word of verse 26. Jesus said, “Look.” To look or consider something requires us to take time, and when we take time to slow down, we become centered.


Taking time to look, consider, or observe is crucial in a person’s worship and spiritual life. Without that, it is like looking at the world through a pinhole. It is hard to see the beauty because of all the things happening, but when a person slows down, they can see all the things they can be grateful for. It is a good step in developing a healthy spiritual life.


Life can easily become overwhelming. This is no mystery. Without realizing it, our days can be filled up with commitments and appointments. This is especially the case with the holidays. Thanksgiving just flew passed us, and now Christmas and New Years are fast approaching. It can be hard to take time to consider the birds and the lilies, but taking time each day to simply be, can change an overwhelming life into an encouraging one. This can look different from person to person. For me, I spend time each day praying around a prayer rope. This helps me to slow down and focus on God. Slowing down is unique to each individual, but it only takes a little time to just look around.

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