Five Minute Friday: free write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. No editing, no over-thinking, no analyzing grammar and style. Just writing. Today’s word: slow.
Setting my timer and starting in 3…2…1…NOW.
In our modern age, we expect things quickly. We upgrade our phones with every new release because of the promise of faster speeds. We tap our fingers impatiently on the dash if our food doesn’t appear as soon as we arrive at the drive-thru window. We have information immediately available just by uttering, “Hey, Siri.”
We are the generation of instant gratification.
However, I’ve learned that the things worth doing take time. I’m a terrible crafter for this reason. I get so focused on the result that I get frustrated while crafting because crafts don’t happen immediately. They take effort. They take time.
The same is true of knowledge, wisdom, truth. In our age of #fakenews, it’s often hard to determine what’s truth. We are in an epistemological crisis because of our desire for instant gratification. We don’t make the effort to discover what’s true.
Truth involves a time investment. Study. Research. I’m reminded of this Spurgeon quote, a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is pulling its boots on.
So it is with spiritual truth as well. How did Jesus put it?
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
Abide. Take it slow. Know truth. Be free.