Speaker 1:                           00:00                     Hey, good morning endurance. Ryan May field here with you one last time. This will come as no surprise. You and I need to slow down. Okay, I admit it. I’m making an assumption about you, but if you’re normal, then I’d be willing to bet that I’m right. Our culture is just not a slow paced one. Still need me to prove it. When someone asks you, how’s it going or how’s life, how easy is it for you to just automatically answer, man, busy or I’m just tired or just working, you know it’s a knee jerk reaction as if the doctor is testing your reflexes. Half the time I say those things, then I realize what I’ve said. So why is it that our default answer is busy? I don’t think that’s how God designed us to be. There’s a relentless drive in our world to continue to do, achieve, accomplish, and perform.

Speaker 1:                           00:55                     Honestly, it’s scary even to think about slowing down. Why would we, what’s the point? What if we miss something or don’t get everything finished that we need to? I don’t know about you, but when I take time to realize why I’m so obsessed with my own schedule and productivity, the truth I’m reminded of isn’t pretty at my core. I believe that I am God. I am the one that holds all things together and if I don’t get my to do list done the world, or at least my world will fall apart. Ironically, something like being sick can be one of the healthiest places for our souls when we’re taken out of commission for whatever reason, sickness or no wifi, travel, family emergencies, et cetera. We often return to find that the world is still intact and that we are in fact not God. The world still spins on its axis without my involvement and that is a healthy and needed reminder for my soul.

Speaker 1:                           01:54                     As followers of Jesus, we ought to slow down if for no other reason than because Jesus himself slowed down. In fact, a scholar recently calculated that the average speed of Jesus was about two miles per hour. That’s literally how fast he walked and how fast he lived his life. The entire point of slowing down is to meet people where they’re at. You cannot meet someone where they are unless you spend time where they’re at. This means we have to leave our comforts and venture into someone else’s world. Sound familiar? John one 14 tells us that Jesus, he put on flesh and dwelt among us. He left the perfection of heaven and got dirty with us. He didn’t have to. He chose to and following his example. We have to set aside our own agenda and make space for seeing and hearing the trials, victories, pains and desires of the people around us.

Men want to stop looking at porn, or overcoming porn or masturbation, because they know that looking at porn and mastrubating  can be a bad habit. They things like joining the no fap movement (nofap), covenant eyes, xxx church (xxxchurch), the freedom fight, pure desire, 7 pillars,  the conquer series, the endurance, 30 day challenge, fight the new drug, or a counselor. Sometimes these help guys with purity but sometimes it does not. 

Speaker 1:                           02:54                     When Jesus had to travel from Judah to Galilee, he took a road that most others would not have taken as a faithful Jewish man. He had to travel around the half-breed Samaritans in order to not be interrupted by their impurity, but as the faithful son of God and exemplar of our faith, he had to slow down and stop at the city of sidecar where he said it a well and met a woman whom life and grace had consistently passed by. My friend. Russ wrote a book called slow down. One of my favorite parts says this, believing we stand complete in Jesus is what allows us the freedom to die to the project of self, the tyranny of Moore, and the need to posture ourselves as someone who has it all together. So you’re free to stop giving away all your limited margin to church programs centered around your growth and like the disciples run with Jesus as he ministers to those outside an actual place of need that drives your dependence and discipleship.

Speaker 1:                           04:01                     So here’s my question for you today. What would it look like for us to stop living as slaves to our schedules or slaves to our religious and cultural expectations? What have we actually had time for people like Jesus did? Do you have time to love people or have we become so radically in love with self that we see people only as an inconvenience or a passing distraction? I know for me, this has been a huge shift in my life over the last couple of years. Jesus has definitely been taking me on this journey, pushing back against the pervasive culture of hustle, bustle, busy and hurry. Swimming against the stream of culture is never easy, but I’m convinced that slowing down and being able to rest in the good news of Jesus is exactly how we were designed to live for the glory of God and the good of ourselves and everyone else around us have a great day Endurance.

If any guy is interested in stopping porn or masturbating they should get some help.  They can look at the no fap movement ( nofap ), covenant eyes, xxx church (xxxchurch), the freedom fight, pure desire, 7 pillars,  the conquer series, and fight the new drug or try to see a counselor. The Endurance would love to help guys. A great start to overcoming porn and masturbation is to take the 30 day challenge.  Go to theendurance.org/30daychallenge to take it.

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