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Just Thinking...About Ambulances

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Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? Had to give way in the last few days to a passing ambulance? I am amazed at the number of ambulances that go by my office on any given day. An ambulance tears around town with its siren blaring. It is always going to a crisis or leaving a crisis. It is built for emergencies.

Many people live the same way. They run their lives with the siren going. Every day is desperate and every moment a crisis–or preparation for one. Such a harried existence leaves no room for smelling the roses or enjoying sunsets. Even worse, it leaves no time for sharing friendships and building love.

Each day is an emergency, a crisis, or a matter of great urgency. Stress builds and strain overwhelms. We call it “living in the fast lane” as though we admire such a lifestyle. Students with complicated schedules, families with countless demands, and workers with keen competition–all face life with sirens blaring. One writer described the top stress factors in urban living as “traffic, travel, tie-ups, temper, time, taxes, and tensions.” Coping has become a national pastime.

Some people add to their personal problems by taking on the world’s problems. I read of a lady who became very disturbed when scientists announced that the sun was burning out and would one day cease to shine.

Many of the things you are tearing around to do will not get done despite your best efforts. Suppose you substituted a quiet walk around the block or time off to call a friend or time out to read a book? Suppose you wrote an encouraging note to someone who really needed it? Would your world fall apart? Or would it perhaps get back into perspective? “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

One of the great things God does for us, if we let Him, is make us realize how temporary some things are and how important it is to give our spirits the food they deserve and need.

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