During the summer of 1980, I sold Bibles & books door to door in Texas & Oklahoma for the Southwestern Publishing Company. I remember that it was a summer full of 100-degree days. I estimate that I drank from at least 200 water hoses (hose pipes) over the course of that summer. I would let each one run, at full blast, long enough to cool the water to a drinkable temperature. After the water cooled, I would turn the hose down and drink until satisfied. I doubt if I could make it today but that was a neat summer experience for a college boy.
When I write about drinking from a fire hose, I am talking about a completely different experience. Imagine putting your face in front of a fire hose and attempting to quench your thirst. The force of that blast is something akin to what many may feel daily. Doesn’t it seem that life is sometimes just like that? Life can be overwhelming.
When you are overwhelmed by the tasks of life, give yourself permission to slow down. Step away and look from a different angle. Search for what is most important. The urgent is ofttimes the least important part but it screams so loud you leave the important undone. Neglecting the important parts of life only adds to the pressure of that fire hose. Remember the answer to the question, “How do you eat an elephant”? “One bite at a time”. If we put first things first, the lesser matters often fix themselves. This solution doesn’t happen accidently. We must prioritize on purpose.
Growing up, we always had boxing gloves at our house. Dad would coach us as we boxed one another. (Dad was a noted Golden Gloves boxer as a young man) One thing that was always difficult was to take Dad’s advice while taking a left to the chin or while dodging a flurry of haymakers. Sometimes we just need to find our corner and listen to sound council. Yes, we should learn to ask for help and listen to others as they seek to assist us. “No man lives to himself and no man dies to himself” Romans 14:7. We need each other.
Do you think that slowing down, stepping away, taking a corner, seeking advice and accepting the assistance of others would slow down the fire hose? I do. I hope you’ll take this gentle nudge.
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