Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Os Guiness and fast time
I imagine sailing helps you slow down and realize you have to wait for the wind to move you.
Os Guiness spoke at the Labri Conference on the tension between the pace of life most of history lived, and the speed at which instant communication and 24/7 work demands have created for most people today. It is a different world and dynamic.
He gave some great advice about how the rhythms of our spiritual life can help us manage the stress and tension many feel and follow the calling God has upon your life and commitments.
He told the story of a Spanish priest visiting Ireland and asking an old man in the pub if they had a word equivalent to "manana". No, he said, nothing with that much urgency.
We need to keep the pace of our listening to God and understanding His ways less instant than our news, our texts, and our computers.