“You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life,” philosopher Dallas Willard notes, “for hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our world today.”
By that measure I’m in trouble.
In the days since I read that Willard quote (in an email from The Trinity Forum), I’ve been trying to figure out the source of our impulse to hurry. Some of it comes from habit, I suspect—hurry long enough and it becomes a way of living that’s hard to change. We may not even notice that we hurry, though your tendency to blow through life seems pretty obvious to me. I suspect some of it comes from our world. We get used to things happening quickly, begin to think it is our right not to have to wait, and hurry to get everything in efficiently. Advances in technology mean we can be more places, do more things, communicate with more people in shorter periods of time, and soon our expectations require we hurry to live up to all that potential.
And if you are a Christian you are busy the one morning each week (Sunday) when secular friends can sleep in, hang out at a coffee shop, leisurely read the newspaper, eat a scone, and sip a latte. And at church we often hear appeals to do some task, join some group, read some book or the Bible more, attend some meeting, fill some need, go on some mission trip, help with some potluck. We hurry to church and leave having a more hurried week.
So, I wonder just how we can possibly eliminate hurry from our lives?