Is there any virtue to being a person who’s always in a rush? What is the fruit of or gain received from rushing? The fruit apparent to me includes higher blood pressure, greater stress, and the potentials of increased anger, frustration, impatience, disappointment, exhaustion, or sadness…just to name a few! So why do we rush? Usually because we lack the discipline to be ready or timely, we have too much on our plates, or we don’t plan very well.
As I’ve been on crutches now for ten days I simply can’t rush or I will hurt myself. One day this week I actually gave myself one hour to accomplish two errands around town and end up on time for a meeting – something I normally would accomplish in at most one-third the allotted time. I was conscious of every step I took and paid greater attention to my surroundings and ended up with five minutes to spare before my appointment began.
I don’t want to stay on these crutches much longer but I do want to stay in this unhurried, no need to rush state of heart and mind! What about you? Linger, attend, slow down, don’t rush, be still, and know that He is God!


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Steve Macchia

Founder & President

Steve is a graduate of Northwestern College (IA) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). His prior ministry includes serving on the pastoral staff at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) and as president of Vision New England. Since July 1, 2003 Steve has served as founder and president of Leadership Transformations, director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building, and adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Ministry department at Gordon-Conwell. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Discerning Life (Zondervan Reflective),  Baker bestseller Becoming a Healthy Church, and Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP). He lives in the Boston area with his wife Ruth and is the proud father of two grown children, Rebekah and Nathan, daughter in-love Ashley, and papa to his beloved granddaughter, Brenna Lynn and twin grandsons, Aiden Joseph and Carson Stephen. “My soul comes alive singing the great hymns of the church and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I’m in awe of God for fulfilling the dream for LTI that he birthed in my heart, for the team he has assembled, and the transformational impact experienced in the leaders and teams we serve.

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