Thursday, September 04, 2008


From TODAY, Voices
Thursday September 4, 2008

By Dr James Dobson

A prescription for renewed family life could begin with this simple phrase: “Slow it down”.

People work hard and play hard, and rarely have time to talk or even sit down and rest.

This kind of killing pace isn’t healthy for individuals or for family life. But the whole world seems to conspire against such reconstructive activities.

I can provide a simple prescription for a healthier, happier life, but it must be implemented by the whole family.

Firstly, add no new time-consuming activity of any type until you agree to remove one of equal dimensions.

Secondly, as a family, you must simply resolve to slow your pace.

Learn to say “no” gracefully; resist the temptation to chase after more pleasures, more hobbies, more social entanglements; “hold the line” with the tenacity of a defender in a professional football team.

If the commitment is deep enough, even the busiest of families can slow down and find a new measure of sanity and wholeness.
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