What’s the Payoff: Engage in the Things that Matter

Transformation. I’m not sure why, but I am completely enamored with this topic. There is just something about process and the ability to change over time. Especially intriguing is the mystery of how God is the one who initiates and we cooperate with it all.

I facilitated an Enneagram workshop last week and I mentioned that even if you walked away from the Enneagram today and never looked at it again, you would be ok. But, I said, there’s a bit if here. IF you continued to be a person who made space and time to listen to God and to cooperate with his transforming process in your life.

The Enneagram may be a wonderful way to describe the dynamics of our coping strategies and the ways we can learn to let go, but God himself is the one who knows us inside out and can lead us out of the prisons we create for ourselves.

So, a question is begging to be asked. Are you aware of your own process and are you engaging it with God?

Some people continue to think that an unhurried life is something sluggish and semi-unproductive. The truth is that an unhurried life is one of complete engagement in the things that matter. There is nothing sluggish or unproductive about that.

Many years ago when I was beginning to run a photography business, I learned from the top entrepreneurs out there. They offered lots free webinars and online courses and I soaked it all up. One thing business gurus do well is to dangle a carrot in front of you about how much money you will make if you simply do what they say. They did it and so can you. Money speaks, as they say.

Here at Unhurried Living, Alan and I engage in the work of souls. We can make no such promises to anyone about making more money. In soul work and transformation no one is going to stand up in front of you and dangle the carrot of greater finances and cultural success.

No, we talk about things that are even more real and even more lasting. Presence. Wholeness. Health. Deeper peace, love and joy. The ability to discern and decide. The beauty of having a healthy view of time itself.

These things do not make you wealthy financially. They just make you wealthy as a human being.

Today is the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday. We are going to walk through forty days of An Unhurried Lent. It’s not too late to join us.

Instead of giving up chocolate, consider giving up hurry in one area of your life. Learn to become more present in one, small, simple way. Practice over the course of forty days and see what happens.

This is real life. This is kingdom living. And this is inhaling grace.

Photo by Sheelah Brennan on Unsplash

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