If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, “You boys hurry up!” It’s the same scene every morning at the Chesser’s. Someone is not moving as quickly as I think they should, followed by me banging on the door, hollering “We’re gonna be late!” Sometimes we are late, but not proportionate to the number of times I get flustered & aggravated.
Hurry, hurry, hurry. What’s the rush? Carl Jung once said, “Hurry is not of the Devil, hurry is the Devil.” It would seem I’ve invited the Devil to reside in my house each morning.
With that in mind, I submit to you 12 Diagnostic questions offered by Tim Chester in his book The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness to determine how ill we’ve become with hurry sickness.
- Do you regularly work 30 minutes a day longer than your contracted hours?
- Do you check work emails & messages at home?
- Has anyone ever said to you, “I didn’t want to trouble you because I know how busy you are?”
- Do friends or family complain about not getting time with you?
- If tomorrow evening were unexpectedly freed up would you use it to do work or a household chore?
- Do you often feel tired during the day or do you find your neck & shoulders aching?
- Do you often exceed the speed limit while driving?
- Do you make use of any flexible working arrangements offered by your employers?
- Do you pray with your children regularly?
- Do you have enough time to pray?
- Do you have a hobby in which you are actively involved?
- Do you eat together as a family or household at least once a day?
Some may be more applicable to you than others, but don’t use that as an excuse to dismiss them. Take the initiative & specifically invite the Devil to leave by slowing down & reclaiming these hurried times in your life.
Joe Chesser, Windsong Notes, Little Rock, AR February 7, 2014