The Rat Race

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 1 Timothy 6:6-7 (NIV)

Do you ever feel like you’re on one of those hamster wheels, running and running and getting nowhere? Our lives can get so crazy that we start to feel like we’re in a rat race. We end up with an existence that’s a mile wide…and an inch deep. We can find ourselves unable to really connect with those around us because our schedule is just too hectic.

Unfortunately, this has become the American way, and there’s so many opportunities competing for our time. There are never-ending career demands, which are multiplied if you’re a dual career family. There are school activities, church activities, music lessons, and after-school sports. Most families hardly have time to share a family meal even once a week.

We have to ask ourselves, “At what point will we be content? At what point is it all too much?”

Do you need to reevaluate your priorities? This might be a good time to reflect on your life and think about the coming months. Make an effort to pre-decide what activities you will be involved in. If you aren’t proactive, you just may get caught up in the rush.

Let “godliness with contentment” be your motto as you focus on things that are really significant. Pray and ask God to guide you as you prepare for the season ahead.

Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. Luke 12:27 (NIV)


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