Slow Down.

Categories: Faith,Racing,Ramblings

As a family, we spend a lot of time around those whose primary pursuit is to go FAST.

In an environment that thrives on going fast, you really have to take control of everything that is happening around you. In a sport where 1st and 2nd can be separated by hundredths of a second, there is no room for error or wasted time. You have to control your team, yourself, and your schedule if you want to be the fastest that day. If you lose any of the three, instead of racing to win, you will be racing to catch-up all day long.

It is an easy place to lose your patience. When your pursuit is speed, it can be very hard to manage the setbacks that are inevitable in motor sports. Broken parts. Missed schedules. Unavoidable conflicts. Slower cars. They can all wreak havoc on your day.

This ‘need for speed’ isn’t exclusive to racetracks and racing families;  we can find traces of it in all of our lives.

We lose our cool when we can’t get in front of the slower cars in traffic. We get upset when our employment situation doesn’t work how we want it to, WHEN we want it to. Thirty minutes for my pizza delivery man to arrive is just too long. Overnight shipping just isn’t fast enough.

In the age of iPhone Apps, expedited shipping, 30 minute deliveries and Google, we’ve created a world of ‘instant gratification’ in which we don’t want to wait for anything.

 

This anxiety, this lack of patience, has hurt our dependence in God and in His plan for our life.

 

We are no longer able to ‘wait’ on our life to happen as He planned it, and instead we are becoming more and more self-made, rather than God made. And in the instances that we can’t make ourselves, we become overwhelmed with anxiety and angst over the unknown and having to wait to see.

So in our drive to go faster, how do we slow down? How do we learn to be patient, to wait on God in our life and our situation?

I think it is found in Philippians 4: 6-7:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

 

Don’t worry. Pray. Be thankful.

 

Then we will experience God’s peace. God’s peace brings patience in our life situations.

Author Barbara Johnson said, “Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.”

Sometimes we need to learn when to go, and sometimes we need to learn when to idle. If you are having trouble idling remember; don’t worry, pray and give thanks.

Grace and Peace.

Author: Kyle Froman

Kyle Froman is co-author of "The Race: Living Life on Track" along with Darrell Waltrip and Billy Mauldin. Kyle is a chaplain for Motor Racing Outreach currently serving the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series community. Kyle also serves as the director of the MRO Association, a nationwide network of associate chaplains serving various motor sports communities around the nation. He currently lives in Spring Hill with his bride Michelle, and two boys.