Daily Riches: The Great Enemy of Spiritual Life (John Ortberg) *

“Hurry is not just a disordered schedule. Hurry is a disordered heart. …The most serious sign of hurry sickness is a diminished capacity to love. Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is one thing hurried people don’t have. …It is because it kills love that hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life.”  John Ortberg

“Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10

Moving From the Head to the Heart

  • When you’re in a hurry, do you have a sense that your heart is “disordered?” Can you move around in a hurry and still experience a sense of connectedness or union with God?
  • “Love always takes time, and time is one thing hurried people don’t have.” That’s probably convicting to many of us, but it powerfully points out the problem with hurry. How often do you think you fail to love as you should simply because you “don’t have the time?”
  • If hurry is “the great enemy of the spiritual life” it’s quite a threat. What daily practice can you adopt, or what kind of change to your routine, so that you address the problem of hurry?

Abba, it seems I was born in a hurry – and that when I hurry it is often for no good reason. I know it’s causing me to fail at loving well. Help me to cease striving and know that you are God – to learn that it’s not necessary for me to live frantically for you to be exalted in my world, in my life – or in this day.


For More: The Life You Always Wanted by John Ortberg


These “Daily Riches” are for your encouragement as you seek after God, and as he seeks after you. My goal is to provide you with something of uncommon value each day in 400 words or less. I hope you’ll follow my blog, and share it with others. I appreciate your interest!  –  Bill (Psalm 90:14)

2 thoughts on “Daily Riches: The Great Enemy of Spiritual Life (John Ortberg) *

  1. Great post…stillness and silence is so crucial. I am a businessman and father but make time for one hour of Eucharistic Adoration every day. I hear so many excuses about why people can’t make time for this. The truth is that we always find time for what we honestly value as central to our lives.


  2. Thanks for reading and commenting Jonathan. I think this is one of those things that have to be learned “from the inside.” Only by doing it do we learn how valuable and essential it is. I was a Christian for thirty years before I really experienced how powerful and beneficial it is to practice solitude, silence – and to slow down.


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