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“Slow is SMOOTH, SMOOTH is Fast!”
November 13, 2020
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Thought for Today
“Much of my husband's job remains a mystery to me, even after almost 10 years of marriage. But what is clear and unwavering is the ethos with which he and his fellow U.S. Navy SEALs approach their job.
When you are drawing your weapon for the purposes of clearing a room, a SEAL will tell you, "slow is smooth; smooth is fast."
In other words, if you try to draw your weapon too quickly, chances are, in your attempt to be fast, you'll fumble or drop or mishandle the thing your very life depends on. But if you can focus on slow, deliberate movements, then your smoothness will translate to getting the job done faster and safer.
Now I have absolutely no occasion to draw a weapon. None whatsoever. But, here's where this SEAL-ism hits home for me. I can tend to think that frenetic and frenzied and crazy-brained is how I must live to keep up with this world, technology, my schedule, others' expectations of me, etc. What if approaching life with deliberate calm, a sense of intention, and measured movements would, in the end, yield greater productivity and efficiency?
I tend to be on the more anxious side of things, especially in these seasons of transition and change.
I have a lot of little decisions that need to be made, parts of our lives that need to be figured out, childcare that needs to arranged, meals that need to be planned, friends I need to reconnect with, babies that need attention, a garage that is beyond help. Paperwork completed, doctors called, files organized, clothes sorted, goodwill runs to make, a garden to plant, a room to paint, maybe even a book to write.
Perhaps you're trying to get on with your dreams. Trying to make something happen in you life. Perhaps you're trying to build something and it's just not happening in the time you've outlined. Perhaps you're just trying to get the boxes unpacked and a path cleared from your bedroom to the kitchen. I get it. All this can make us hopped-up, darty, and a little shaky. None of which really helps.
So here's to smoooooth living this week. You, me, and all of us. Slow is smooth; smooth is fast.”
Quote for Today
“Your life is what you make it. Make the right choices! Your future is not in your hands. It’s in God’s hands! We all want and desire to live forever. Jesus is the only one who holds the key for that gift.”
Mother Basilea Schlink’s Attitude for Today
“In times of distress, when there seems to be no way out – whether the struggle be inward or outward - wait expectantly for the hour of help and deliverance. Blessed are those who wait. Their waiting will be turned into joy. Those who persevere will experience a blessed fulfilment of their hopes both here and, in full measure, in heaven, for God will not disappoint our hopes."
Mother Basilea Schlink
Proverb for Today
“There are four things that the earth itself cannot tolerate: a slave who becomes a king, a fool who has all he wants to eat, a hateful woman who gets married, and a servant woman who takes the place of her mistress.”
Word from Scripture for Today
"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you?"