All my life, and I'm sure other's can attest to being the same way, I've been in a hurry. Hurry up and eat. Hurry up and get dressed. Hurry up and get to school or work. Hurry up and finish school or work. Hurry up and drive home. Hurry up and eat, do dishes, clean, pay bills. It goes on and on and on. And I guess my question is…what in the world are we hurrying for? To make it to our next birthday? Well, that's life in the fast lane. You hurry so much that you look back and wonder where all the time went. Then perhaps you wonder what you have to show for it; which might lead you to wondering what the purpose of life even is.
With all this hurrying we've been doing, where does our Heavenly Father fit into your life? I can tell you that until a little over two years ago there was virtually no room and that's something I regret. Since then I also I discovered that life in the fast lane is also referred to as something else and it is called being on the wide road to destruction. Are any of you in a hurry to get there? I know I'm not. So, I made some major changes in my life. The first thing I did was I exited off the fast lane and got onto the Narrow Path. And, I'll be the first to admit that it hasn't been easy. The path is not only Narrow, but bumpy and with many ups and downs. There are advantages to being there though. 1) It leads to Eternal Life and 2) There's a shining beacon to light your way. And 3) Father is there for 24 hour road assistance and you don't need a cell phone or special 1-800 number to make the call. In fact, you can make that call right now. All you have to say is, "Father, I need you. I've lost my way and I want to be on the Narrow Path and I need Your direction." And, He will be there.
You may be wondering why the Narrow Path is bumpy with ups and downs. It's because it requires change. Change in the way you think. Change in the way you act. Change in the way you react in any given situation. Because you see, Father has certain requirements and those requirements involve change and change is easier for some to accept than it is others. Change can be scary. Change can literally turn your life upside down and sideways. But I assure you, this change is GOOD.
One of the main reasons we must slow down is because Father speaks to us via our hearts. And if you're racing along on the fast lane and not paying attention Father's words are literally drowned out by all the other things you may or may not be paying attention to and you simply can't hear Him and His instruction.
Another major change you must make within yourself is to become totally and completely humbled. Pride comes before a fall, but humility leads to many wonderful things. I have found this out first hand. We must all consider ourselves slaves to Christ because pride simply has no place in Father's family. We must realize that no matter how powerful or capable we may think we are, Father is the most powerful and capable of all. We must consider our lives valueless unless Father sees different. The wonderful part of all of this, is that in completely humbling yourself, you are admitting to both yourself and Father that without Him nothing is possible through you. In doing this, you open yourself up completely to doing Father's will and you are then in Unity with Father and His family.
At this point is when you can take your hands off the wheel and let Father do the driving. In humbling yourself, you've now placed all your faith and trust in Him. You've also opened your heart completely to receiving His instruction. With Father at the wheel you have nothing to fear and can be completely at ease in knowing that no matter what life throws your way, you'll be okay. Suddenly life in the fast lane loses its appeal. You feel more centered in knowing that through all the bumps and ups and downs, Father is with you. At the end of the path is Eternal life and happiness that you simply cannot yet conceive of. Along the way you are building a strong and spiritually fulfilling personal relationship with our Heavenly Father and at a slower pace you're able to actually recognize, be thankful for and appreciate all of life's blessings that Father provides. He will show you The Way.