For several years I worked as a Chaplain at a maximum security prison. During that time, I saw a number of fights break out on the prison yard. Yet I rarely saw the correctional officers running to the incident. That’s because there are a lot more inmates than staff on the yard at any given time and if the inmates get provoked or excited by the sight of officers running, a minor confrontation can quickly escalate into a full scale prison riot with multiple fatalities.
The instruction to “Walk fast, but don’t run” probably saved a lot of lives. It can also save a lot of time. I remember as a young Christian, one of my mentors told me that God’s voice is seldom demanding and pushing. Instead, He normally guides us and gently leads us along.
Nearly every time I’ve rushed into a difficult situation without prayer, I’ve merely escalated the problem and had to waste time straightening things out. That’s why walking quickly but not rushing will redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.