Slowing Down and Making Room
October 29, 2013 at 9:22 am Categories: News
A few weeks ago in our email newsletter, Pastor Steve asked a question:
How are we going to slow life down to a pace we can manage … a pace we were meant to live at? What is one thing we can do to make more room in life for the things that matter most: our relationship with God and our relationships with each other?
We’ve had a few responses and will add more as we get them! Send your ideas to Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe we can all help each other make room in life for the things that matter most.
Ideas from Pastor Steve
1. Have a no technology night at home once a month.
2. Have one question everyone in the family has to answer at the supper table before you leave the table. (i.e. What surprised you today? If you were the principal of the school or the boss at work, what is one thing you would change? If you were an animal, what would you be and why that one? If you could be any person, who would you be and why?)
3. Pick up your kid at school for an appointment … then tell them the appointment is for them to have ice cream with you.
4. Pick a book and read it out loud to your spouse in bed.
5. Volunteer once a month as a family at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen or a food bank.
6. Have every body take a walk together for 15 minutes each evening before they charge off into their separate worlds.
7. Everyone meet at the couch once a day for 15 minutes of just being together.
From Barbara Stryker
Call and invite a friend for an impromptu cup of coffee and sit on the front porch.
From Joanne Davis
I smiled at your notion that folks need to slow their lives – I agree, but I don’t think people want to. Here’s a thought – don’t have your phone permanently attached to your hand. Don’t check FB or email every hour. Put the phone on mute and leave it somewhere out of sight for a while. Whatever is happening will wait. What did we do 10 years ago – we had answering machines and dealt with the messages when we could. I’m amazed by how intrusive and invasive cell phones have become – it’s like the people present aren’t as important as whoever might be sending a text or posting on FB. Being connected isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. It just generates more information that is often of little or no significance but demands time/attention. We create our own frenzy because of the immediacy of the technology. I am encouraged that rarely at church do you see people working smartphones instead of talking to folks. That’s the one place it doesn’t seem to happen.
Share your own suggestions! Email Pastor Steve at email@example.com.