I know I am not alone in noticing something about our current culture because I have many conversations with people. People I know and total strangers because for some reason, I seem to be a magnet for people to tell me what is on their mind.
There is a kind of accelerated pace in our world today and high levels of stress and frustration that are acted out in all manner of behaviors.
And nowhere is this more evident than along the highways, interstates and even the streets we navigate to get across town.
I spend a lot of time in the car, and more and more I am alarmed at the way cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles weave in and out of traffic and run red lights.
It is nothing to see a light turn yellow a fair distance ahead and as cars slow to prepare to stop, another car coming from behind will gun it and pass under a fully red light.
There are, I am sure, times in our lives that warrant speeding but I find it hard to believe so many people these days are experiencing increased urgency in situations to get to their destination.
On the interstate, cars appear out of nowhere and blow past us. God forbid we are only going the safe seven mph over the speed limit for they will ride our bumper in the passing lane until we can get around the car going fifteen under.
So much anger and angst fueling vehicles that are propelling down roads at the endangerment of themselves and others.
And it can make my blood pressure soar and my own heart constrict and yet, I know I appear the same to other more slow-moving vehicles at times.
God calls us to be different and move through life in such a way that we stand out…not because we are faster and more powerful and wield the most intimidation.
In the midst of all the forces that are exerting copious amounts of energy to be #1, we are to be quietly and purposefully exalting the Only One.
It is a temptation to try and beat, defeat, or at least compete with all those around us.
It is a grace gift to run the race at our own pace.
Take a deep breath.
Follow Christ with your whole heart <3