I am often frustrated at my phone. I don’t have a fancy phone but yet a simple touch screen phone of the day. However, my phone is rather particular as to what charger is used to charge it. My children feel it is their mission in life to take and hide all the chargers in the house. After crawling under my son’s storage compartment called under his bed, I find one charger. I plug into the wall and then into my phone. It says that it is beginning to charge but I must set it down just right for the charge to continue. After going about my daily honey-do list I return to find that my phone has charged 4% in the last hour and a half. How frustrating!
I am sure it happens to other people too. I mean I can’t be the only one that struggles with first world problems, right?? Perhaps I am too busy. I see this same idea in the Emergency Room that I work at. People come in with cuts to their hands or fingers from cooking a healthy dinner and they always have the same questions. How long will this take? Do you think it needs stitches? Can’t we just glue it? After about the fifth or sixth person I begin to create snappy comments that should never be verbalized.
Jesus made a comment regarding this idea of demanding such fast results. He may not have used a cell phone or had a cut finger needing repair but in Mark chapter 2 verse 21 Jesus said, “No one sews a path of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse.” Why? You see the older garment will be weaker than the new patch. So when the new patch that is unshrunk is sewn in to the old garment it will inevitably shrink. Therefore something will give and since the old garment is weaker the tear will happen again and become worse.
Our Sunday school teacher for the Bridge Builders class made a point about this parable from Jesus. The class teacher made the comment, haste overcomes purpose. Think about that. Haste overcomes purpose. This could be reiterated as do the job right the first time and you won’t need to waste time doing it again. So often our lives are so busy that we actually defeat the purpose of life all together. I can’t get frustrated over a phone that won’t charge and lose valuable time with my kids and wife.
How often do we go about our lives and rush if not skip over the basic fundamentals? Spiritual habits get neglected. Life rushes on whether we are ready or not. Sometimes the best antidote to life is to simply be still and know that He is God. The song “Our God” reminds me often to slow down and focus on God. God may not charge my phone any faster but He can remind me to forget about it and enjoy the small moments with my family.
How can you slow your life down and live life on purpose? Jesus came to give you life and life abundantly. I encourage you, don’t haste about in life and lose purpose but yet do what you do with excellence so as to honor God.