The Element of Timing - 2
When it comes to timing, I like one speed: fast. I like driving fast, working fast, eating fast…you name it. In the words of my hero, Ricky Bobby, “I wanna go fast.”
But not everything in life is meant to be done in a hurry. The Bible has a few things to say about taking things slow, like…
It's smart to be patient…
- Proverbs 14:29 (CEV)
Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.
– Proverbs 19:2 (NLT)
Here are three times in life when it makes sense to slow your roll.
When you don’t have all the facts.
There are occasions when we simply need more information.
Have you ever said “If I knew then what I know now, I’d have done things differently?” I have! I can think of several times that I moved forward and later discovered something important that would have changed my decision. I’m working really hard on not letting that happen again.
What a shame—yes, how stupid!—to decide before knowing the facts!
– Proverbs 18:13 (TLB)
Wars have been started, careers destroyed, and marriages have failed because people didn’t have all the facts. That’s why it’s so important to get the particulars of a matter before you make a move.
Most of us live by our feelings. We get energized about a thought and we act…or should I say react. Reacting often creates awkward situations. Instead, we need to resist the urge to react. Take some time to learn the facts…then act.
When we’re angry.
Taking things slowly when you’re irate could very well save your family, career, and reputation.
When we’re mad we come out swinging…maybe not with our fists, but with our words. We say a lot of stuff we don’t really mean. We attack, belittle, and blame others.
The Bible gives us some great advice in this area…
You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
– James 1:19 (NLT)
The temptation is to do the opposite. We’re quick to speak and slow to listen. This is a recipe for disaster. Take some time to process what’s upsetting you. Pray about it. Listen to what God is telling you. Get counsel from people you know who are good at being quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
When making a major decision.
We make decisions every day. Some are inconsequential like, “what color socks should I wear?” But then there are the “big ones”, like, “should I rent or buy,” “should I date this person,” and “should I look for a new job.” These types of decisions can affect our lives for years, perhaps a lifetime.
Never make a major decision impulsively. We often live to regret decisions made in haste. Take your time when making a major decision. God is faithful to lead those who patiently wait on him.
Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later.
– Proverbs 22:3 (GNT)
What are some things that come to mind as you read this? Maybe you’re dealing with an issue right now. If so, remember that it’s OK to go slow. Some things take a while to develop. Keep pursuing God and trusting him. It will all come together in his time.