I was looking at this photo today and as my mind was daydreaming about spring blossoms returning once again, I noticed the speed limit sign, tucked neatly in the corner. Peeking out, right beside the beautiful spring blossoms as a little reminder to us all, “don’t get too distracted” it says, “keep it slow”.
As I think about this, I am aware that just as there are different speed limits for different conditions, on the highway, in the city, on a country road or in a back lane, each one of us has our own God-given “Speed Limit”.
Some of us are only able to work part-time, to spend their time volunteering in one thing in their community. Or perhaps one decides to focus on life at home. Others may be involved in so many activities and commitments that it makes my head spin, and yet, they are able to balance it all and find joy and life in this.
Regardless of where each one of us falls on this spectrum, we need to take time to become self-aware and be true to ourselves. For years I felt anxious about being too busy and overcommitted, feeling like things were out of my control and off-balance. And then I realized, this problem was largely my own fault! I took a step back and thought about what was really important to me. I needed to slow down!
Slowing down allows us to examine what is most important, what gives us energy and how we want to spend our time. I discovered that I really value my time at home with my husband Jeremy; hanging out together, working on a project together or just quietly reading in the same room (yeah, we’re nerds like that!). Also important to me is my time with friends, hanging out, chatting and drinking coffee; and spending time planning and cooking meals to share with those I love.
Sticking to my personal speed limit means I have space in my life for the things that are the most important to me. Space for peace. For quiet. To meditate on scripture, or a song, or whatever God brings to my mind that day and to pray. To practice Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” It gives me the freedom and ability to say no to things without guilt and yes to things that have great meaning for me.
How about you? What’s your “speed limit”? What does it allow you to do or not to do?