The world tells us to hustle and work hard, make it happen, strive for bigger and better. But have you ever stopped to think about what your soul is telling you? It's an interesting thought, isn't it.
That still, small voice inside often says things like, "Wait" and "Slow down" or "Breathe." Because "the soul and the schedule don't follow the same rules" (Emily P. Freeman). Sometimes, we just need to be still. Sometimes, we need to not only remember our smallness, but celebrate it.
So often, we hustle through our days, working until we're weary (of trying and striving and being all things to all people and never settling and never stopping) but we keep going because we're afraid of losing ground or not being enough or being left behind. Are you there? Do you feel caught between the need to hustle and the need for rest?
You're in good company. But, what if life is actually about the small moments, the times that look unproductive, the things that seem too insignificant to count?
"The road to the kingdom is lined with invisible benches where the great work of love, service, listening, community, prayer, change, and transformation will occur." - Emily P. Freeman, Simply Tuesday
Yes, benches. Places of rest, quiet, reflection, stillness. Whether in cities or parks, by ponds or in the woods, benches are places where we stop and sit, alone or with others. Benches are places where we ponder, reflect, observe passers-by, and dream.
This is the premise of Emily P. Freeman's new, just-released book, "Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World" - permission to build benches and live ordinary, small, beautiful lives. Because sometimes, we need to be reminded that we weren't made to do it all, we're just called to do our part.
Small is the new big. Am I right? Let's celebrate that today:
Let's take back the honor of small donations, small care packages, and small movements toward fellow image-bearers, because love isn't measured in inches, grand gestures, or dollar amounts.
Let's take back the long days and the short years and all the months that come between them, because this is where our real life happens. And we won't be so naive as to try to make the hard times beautiful, but we will have faith that the hard days are making us, remaking us, and forming us into the likeness of Christ.
Let's take back moments that are lovely even if they are imperfect, words that are powerful even if only one person hears them, company that is meaningful even when we don't say any words at all.
- Emily P. Freeman, Simply Tuesday
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**Disclosure: I am a member of the launch team and received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book, but I received no compensation for writing this post.**