Can Speed and Salvation Co-Exist?
by Mark Votava
I have undergone a discipleship of speed, hurry, fragmentation and insanity. So much of my North American lifestyle has been a fast paced frenzy of accomplishment, success and image. While experiencing this, I am crying out for some redemption to find salvation through the speed that is taking its toll on my very existence.
I wonder, “Where is the peace?” Am I going crazy by all of this pressure to move as fast as I can? I what to slow down and breathe. I want to give it all up and find the simplicity of jut being.
This is not acceptable I am told by many. But I don’t care anymore. I need to find some peace within my soul so I do not lose my humanity in the process of living to the demands of North American life.
- Learning to slow down
Our spirits are not healthy when speed dominates all of life. We need to learn to slow down and embrace a sense of peace within ourselves. Our fast paced lives are not healthy.
- Our speed and the health of our spirits
“There is a connection between our speed and the health of our spirits,” Leighton Ford says in his book The Attentive Life.
- Making us sick and dysfunctional
Our spirits were never meant to live this way. Speed makes us dizzy, but we keep going anyway. This fast-paced life is making us sick and dysfunctional. Our speed is ruining the body of Christ in the parish.
- Can salvation and speed co-exist?
The pursuit of the religion of wealth with ambition, success and consumerism as the guiding lights, is pulling us in all directions. Our salvation has something to say about our speed. Can salvation and speed co-exist?
- Paying attention to the moment
Mark Scandrette notes, “Our pace of life affects our capacity to appreciate the goodness of God. We may simply be too busy or distracted to notice and receive the bounty that surrounds us. The demands of a hurried life and the dominance of technology cloud our awareness. Slowing down and learning to pay attention to the moment may be a path to affirming God’s essential goodness.”
- Blinded by speed and our mobility
God is so good to us in everyday life, but many times we cannot see it because we are blinded by speed and our mobility. Speed does not allow for any faithful presence to one another in the parish. It is only when we slow down to appreciate life more that we can begin to rediscover God’s essential goodness through one another.
- Finding relational revelations in the most unexpected places
The place we inhabit becomes the medium of God’s goodness to us in all kinds of ways. We begin to find relational revelations in the most unexpected places. Slowing down and paying attention to the moments we spend with others may be the most revolutionary thing we could possibly do.
In what ways can we slow down and pay more attention to the present moment?