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David & Claudia Arp

April 20th, 2017
We sat in city traffic anxious to get home. The next day we were leaving for a series of conferences, and once again we were in the panic mode—too much to do and too little time!

Why do we always do this to ourselves?” I (Dave) asked.

Traffic

Staring at the brake lights of the car in front of us, I (Claudia) replied. “I don’t know, but I do know something has got to give. We simply can’t keep us this pace!”

About that time on a voice in our car asked, “Are you experiencing ‘fast-lane stress’ in your marriage?”

We looked at each other and in unison said, “Yes!”

The radio spot that day seemed customized for us. We continued to listen. “If you’re experiencing fast lane stress, here’s a tip for you. Sit down and make a list of all the things you need to do. Then prioritize your list. Put the most important thing first and start there. You may not get everything done in one day, but you will go to bed at night knowing you have invested your time in doing the most important. Think about this—life is too precious to hurry through it.”

The last seven words changed our day. It was as if God audibly spoke to us . . . Dave, Claudia, your lives are too precious to hurry through them! Slow down and trust Me!

As the traffic began to move once again, we knew what we needed to do. We drove straight home and over two cups of coffee we made our list and prioritized it. Then we divided the most important things that needed to be done before we left the next day.

The results? We didn’t get everything checked off our lists, but we stopped hurrying. On that day we realized just how precious life is and how much we valued our marriage. And we vowed in the future when we get in a hurry to remind each other to slow down. By the way, what we heard that day on our car radio was our own two-minute program, The Family Workshop, and the couple we were listening to was ourselves! Sometimes we even take our own good advice.

We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly,
but let us never lose sight
of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.  GLORIA GAITHER

Written by Claudia Arp — April 20, 2017

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