A soul can be saved. But it will take softness and depth and space. The world won’t help much. — John Ortberg
At the beginning of his book, Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You, John Ortberg quoted his friend, writer and professor of philosophy Dallas Willard, who said, “Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”
As I began writing this post I wondered, what about people like Rob Bell, Stephen Colbert, Tom Hanks — anybody really who has achieved some level of worldly success and yet still seems grounded and steady and centered — how do they manage to do their work, promote their work, travel everywhere, have families, and also find time to call Grandma? (I needed to call my grandma, which was what made me think of it. I also needed to do the work.)
There are times when things seem hectic (more hectic than usual at least), the same times I start feeling guilty, remembering all the things I’m neglecting along the way — people I haven’t called in a while, to-dos I’ve pushed to the back burner (to be tackled “when things slow down”).
Things never slow down.
We have to slow down.
Sure, right now, I have a backlog of work to be done. I’m falling behind. But at any point, I can slow down. I can stop. And. Allow. Space. In. My. Day. In. This. Moment. Right. Now.
“A soul can be saved. The world won’t help much.”
The world will rob you of the time and the space and the softness you need. For your soul. For the things that matter. But only if you allow it.
Turn off the phone, the email, the music even. Be still for one minute. Maybe call your grandma.