A few years ago, I went for a run at the local track. I saw an older gentleman walking briskly. I’d seen him many times before. As I rounded the corner, I told him how impressed I was with his commitment and consistency. His response to my encouragement was simply, "Slow is fast. Never stop."
His words hit me like a ton of bricks. When I run, I rarely am able to go the full distance. I usually start out too fast. Therefore, I have to stop, catch my breath and give my legs a break. I end up with a start/stop workout which leaves me feeling less than accomplished. Since that day, I’ve adopted the slow is fast, never stop approach.
One December, I took stock of two large projects I did not complete. I realized that I had been in a constant hurry mentality resulting in a rushed feeling. I suffered from the start/stop syndrome. Upon reflection, I was convicted that I was not trusting God with the projects. I was attempting to captain the efforts under my own power to little effect.
I pondered God’s role in my projects. I arrived at the fact that God is either here to help us or He is not. I had to reconcile this for myself. God’s word is clear. He is here to help us, prosper us and not harm us (Jeremiah 29:11). Believing this leads to the next question: "How can He help me?"
God is all powerful. He can do all things, and he chooses to use us, his children, to get his work done. To impact the world by joining His work.
"But, what about my work?" you might ask. When your work is in alignment with His will, He makes things happen. Why wouldn’t he? It’s His work too. This makes our job easy.
He will move mountains albeit on His time frame. He is the pacesetter. Submitting to Him by way of his pacing is an act of faith and obedience. We want what we want when we want it. But, if we never seem to get it then we need a new way. His way. His pace. Slow is fast, never stop!
Proverbs 16:9 - In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Lamentations 3:25 - The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
Robin Pou and his wife Karen are the parents of three children Robert, Cate (9th) and Boyd. The family refers to themselves as "Team Pou," and they love hanging out with each other and the friends each of them bring to the mix every week. Robin owns his own leadership development firm and publishes The Confident Leader newsletter weekly.