The Impatient World
I’m grateful my husband doesn’t have to travel much. This time of year he leaves more than normal, but ordering merchandise for our stores is the lifeline for our stores being successful… so we do the best we can while he is away. His flights, short nights, and long days of number crunching aren’t exactly fun or relaxing – but he makes the best of it.
When he returned home Saturday, he shared with me about a majority of the people he saw… if anything, it was a motivation for him to continue being healthy for Him. He also shared with me the level of impatience of people he encountered… including simply waiting inline for a boarding pass.
There were only three people in line while my husband got his boarding pass. A person in front of him, and one behind him. He said the man behind him continually sighed and acted annoyed… for the total of 3-5 minutes he waited.
My husband is one of the most patient, well-mannered people I know… so I can imagine his expressions while the drama-fest of a 3-year-old trapped in a 50-year-old man’s body was going on behind him.
But it’s true – as a society… we wanted things instantly. If not YESTERDAY. Any amount of waiting is unacceptable without complaint.
We wonder why children act impatient and have attention deficit issues… and yet we never teach them to sit quietly without constantly being entertained. They’re taught a self-focus, and self-centered world. We over buy electronics, and the latest gadget to try to “keep them quiet” for the sake of letting us keep to OUR OWN technology and devices… I wonder at what point being able to have a conversation with another child – face-to-face will be unheard of… Pay attention at the next restaurant you go to – what is going on in the generation gap.
Sometimes I’m saddened that our own children will never know what it’s like to take a picture and wait until the roll of film is used up and a week later have it developed to see what “surprise images” lie in store…
It’s a shame really. Not the progress of technology, but what that does to people in general.
We still want to buy into the idea that faster is better, and easier is better.
Is it REALLY better? Are there not consequences in all choices we make?
The same goes for our health. There isn’t some long-term answer that is instant and not harmful in some way… there just isn’t. A quick search on the internet can zap most thoughts of that “magic” answer. God is a god of miracles, NOT magic.
The more you realize how your body is designed, the quicker you’ll realize eating right, and movement are your keys to being the healthiest for Him. He has created and provided all we need. You can put your trust in that.
That doesn’t mean we won’t stop searching in our society – because, like I mentioned, we like the idea of not working for results if they can come for free to no work. We like the idea of faster… because it means we can accomplish more… and everyone always seems to be searching.
At what point is it too much though? I’ve recently become convicted that all of the noise doesn’t allow me the quiet I NEED.
Peace and quiet. Contentment.
Quiet – to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to me.
Yes, again like being healthy for Him – it might take more work, planning and preparation – but the long-term benefits are eternal.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30