Well, here comes 2012 ready or not! For the most part, I’m not ready! Has Christmas really come and gone already? I can hardly believe it. Everything seems to be moving way too fast for me anymore. The world is rapidly changing. Everything is going faster. In my internet search this morning I found that speed is the secret to business success. You’ve got to get faster and faster in all facets of business management. You have to think faster. You have to make decisions faster. You have to get your product to the market faster and then you have to sustain the “faster” motif. Everything must be faster. Some say that the computer speeds have leveled off. One report argues that it isn’t true. They keep getting faster with dual and quad processors but they are already so fast the normal user won’t notice the speed. A recent discovery by a scientific organization in Italy, confirmed in November of 2011, is that there is a particle that moves faster than light! It’s referred to as the God particle. I’m sorry, but I’m getting tired just thinking about it. I feel that I’m slowing down. I’ll be 65 in a few weeks, and I don’t feel like running faster, growing hair faster, getting rich faster or getting faster in any other of the millions of Google hits I found. I’d much rather get slower.

In the 70’s there was a huge movement to teach college kids “speed reading.” I took the class at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. I never quite mastered the technique and I can’t tell you how relieved I was when I read James Sire’s book, “How to read slowly.” It’s really great to take time to settle in and relax with all the stress to read faster and faster.

One of the greatest truths in the world is expressed to us in Isaiah 40:8. It says, “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.” Change, growth and decay is part of the world’s complex makeup. The only thing that isn’t going to change is God and change. Things will always change until the Lord returns and established His absolute rule and reign over this time-bound world. But for now, I can find peace and comfort in God’s word. It will not change. Relax! Take a break! Read and reflect on God’s Word and get refueled for the never ending changes of life.

“So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky feet. Mark out a straight path for your feet.” Hebrews 12:12