We live in a fast-paced age, the age I call the ‘Instant Age’. We have instant noodles, instant weight loss programs, instant wealth creation systems, instant this and that. Technology has in no small way contributed to this phenomenon. Ideas can now be sold across continents within few minutes! Thanks to social media platforms and emails.
Along with this phenomenon of ‘instant result’ has come the spirit of Hastiness. We have all caught the bug of hastiness. We rush out of our homes everyday, rush through the traffic and in the process become unruly and a menace to other road users, we rush through deliverables and miss out salient points or even make mistakes in the process.
We are so impatient that we don’t even have time to explain things to our kids any longer. We snap at them when the innocent questions start coming, they keep mum and seek answers elsewhere, usually from the wrong sources.
We also rush into relationships and head to altar with people we hardly know. When we begin to see their true colors, it is already too late to go back. We are hasty to become successful and so we don’t mind stepping on others to get to the top. The best way to the top is still by building others not by pulling down, so stop tearing others down.
Even in spiritual matters, we often jump ahead of God when He shows us a glimpse of what He has in mind for us. We end up burning our fingers and ruining the show before it starts.
Can we begin to take a pause and slow down a bit? Remember the race is not to the swift, neither is the battle to the strongest. He that believeth shall not make haste. Isaiah 28:16.
Also note that this is not to be misconstrued as counsel to become complacent. It is a call to avoid hastiness, it is dangerous and can lead to permanent loss.
God bless us all.