There is an interesting belief that has been circulating throughout the world for a number of decades. And unfortunately, many people have come to believe that a lifestyle of busyness equates to productivity and glorious success. And whilst I understand that through persistence and hard work, one may be able to obtain material pleasures and recognition, but we must also come to realise that true success is not obtained through achievements, titles, nor possessions. There is absolutely nothing wrong about desiring to have lovely things, but it does become a problem when the pursuit of success begins to interfere with your health, your relationships and most importantly, your precious journey with Jesus.
Being led by the Lord, I have personally chosen to embrace the beauty of slow living.
Within today’s world, particularly within the western culture, we praise ‘boss babes’ with a strong ‘hustle and no rest’ mentality. The pressures of this world caused me to view myself in a negative way. And as the years went by, it began to have a terrible effect on me. I began to measure my worth according to what I can achieve, and I lost sight of what it meant to just be, and rest my heart entirely in the Lord. My mental health began to decline, and stress had also made an impact on my physical health. Through which I was forced to come to a place of reflection, repentance and surrender, truly seeking the Lord as to how I got to this point. And one of the verses that always came to me was:
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” – Mark 8:36
As I began to absorb the Scripture into my heart, I realised that the unhealthy pursuit of worldly success was truly not worth it. And the Lord had so much more in store for His beloved children. The Lord Himself, rested on the seventh day of creation (Genesis 1), and we ought to follow His example.
He has blessed us all individually, with purpose, precious value and special gifts. But it is not necessary for us to toil with a restless heart and mind that is drained, exhausted and overwhelmed. For the gifts that the Lord has given us will make room for us (proverbs 18:16), and it is the Lord, who blesses the work of our hands (Deuteronomy 28:12). We should refrain wholeheartedly, from trusting within our own strength. And instead, we have to lean and depend on our Heavenly Father for all things. For He loves us abundantly more, than we could truly ever comprehend. And it is He, who gives us the ability to gain wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18), as we abide in Him and remain obedient to His will for our lives.
What is slow living?
According to Wikipedia, slow living refers to ‘a lifestyle that encourages a slower approach to aspects of everyday life. It has been defined as movement or action at a relaxed or leisurely pace’.
It is a lifestyle that values the beauty of living within the present moment, nurturing relationships, and living intentionally. It is also about anti-consumerism, and rejecting the view that material wealth brings joy and happiness. I am intentional about how I spend my time on social media, I am intentional about how I manage my finances, and I am intentional with what I do with my time, and what I am truly consuming on a day to day basis.
With all of my heart, I can honestly tell you that I have truly delighted in this approach of life. I am more rested, more at ease, and certainly more at peace throughout my day to day life. Not only am I able to blossom deeply in my relationship with the Lord, but I am also nurturing and valuing my relationships with others. I am growing beautifully in awareness of who God has uniquely created me to be.
It is funny how hours on social media can sometimes cause us to feel more lonely and disconnected. But as I have come to value the art of slow living, I have grown in my love and passion for life, relationships, and the simple things again. My health and sense of joy is flourishing fruitfully as I continue this journey with Christ. And I am so excited, of all that is to come in the near future.
Thank you so much for reading, I hope that this article has blessed you abundantly, and caused you to think about the beauty of slow living too! Whatever God leads you into, He will always be with you.
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