The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

John Mark Comer

Semester #4:  June 20 - July 22

We are all busy. Some of us can't remember the last time we rested or even had free time. Our busyness can feel productive but it is a toxic distraction, sapping our spiritual, physical, and emotional vitality. It may seem like we have no choice but to live at a frantic pace, but God has a better path for us.


In this five-part series we will address one of the greatest threats to our spiritual lives: hurry. Instead of allowing our calendars and screens to control our lives, Jesus offers us a new rhythm of life, overflowing with grace, peace, and beauty.


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The Case for an Unhurried Life

Week #1

Main Ideas:

- We must re-assess the way we spend our time so that we can find a healthier, holier lifestyle.

- To know that hurry sabotages our ability to give and receive love with God and our neighbors.



Open:

- What do you do to rest?

- What would you do if you had more time to rest?



View:

- Watch Session 1: The Case for an Unhurried Life (11 minutes).



Review:

- Do you ever feel like you are overwhelmed with hurry, unable to complete everything on your to-do list?

   - What in your life keeps you the busiest?

   - How difficult has it been to try and eliminate hurry-inducing activities from your schedule?


- In what ways have you seen busyness negatively impact your relationship with God?

 

- What is hurry sickness? What are the negative results of hurry sickness?


John Mark explained that there are both unhealthy and healthy types of busyness. Healthy busyness is when we have a lot to do but not “too much.” The unhealthy type of busyness is when there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it.

   - Which type of busyness best reflects your life? Why?

 

John Mark taught us the result of a hurried life and compulsive overworking is emotional numbness—using escapist behaviors like scrolling through Instagram and bingeing TV shows as distractions from our hurriedness instead of cultivating true rest

   - What kind of escapist behaviors tempt you when need to disconnect from the busyness of life?

   - How have these escapes distracted you rather than giving you the rest you need?



Bible Exploration:

Read Luke 10:38–42.

   - What were the differences between Mary and Martha's behavior while Jesus was around?

   - In what ways do they reflect the healthy and unhealthy busyness John Mark talked about?

 

- Do Mary's actions bother you? If so, why?

   - What would it look like for you to leave the things on your schedule alone for a day, and spend time delighting in God?


- When you are busy this week, what responsibilities can wait until you've spent time with the Lord?


 

Pray: Pray over your schedule. Ask God to help you make wise decisions regarding your time and responsibilities so that you can remove constant busyness from your lifestyle.

 

Memorize: Philippians 4:6–7, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.



Silence and Solitude

Week #2

Main Idea:

- Practicing silence and solitude—especially when we are busy—is essential to experiencing a healthy spiritual life.

- To incorporate a practice of intentional withdrawal into your weekly routine.


Open:

- Do you like being alone? Why or why not?

 


View:

- Watch Session 2: Silence and Solitude (14 minutes).



Review:

- What priorities keep you too busy to practice silence and solitude?

 

John Mark described internal silence as being able to quiet the thoughts, worries, and questions rolling around in our minds. But silence can be difficult to find when our hearts and minds feel troubled. Even in short prayers, it can be difficult to remain focused on God without thinking about errands that need to be run and emails that need our attention.

   - What would make internal silence difficult for you to pursue?

 

Solitude isn’t the same as loneliness or isolation. Solitude is a chosen separation from busyness so that you can be quiet in the presence of God.

   - What has quality time with God typically looked like for you?

 

Take a moment to examine some of your closest relationships—like a spouse, best friend, or family member who lives with you.

   - How would a lack of quality time affect those relationships?

 

John Mark reminded us that when it comes to practicing solitude with God, we should begin wherever we are without stressing about where we want to be. Solitude can be as simple as spending five minutes in prayer before bed or reading Scripture during a few minutes of quiet.

   - What could it look like for you to take a step toward finding solitude with God this week?


Bible Exploration:

Read Matthew 6:25–34.

   - What needs are you afraid won’t be met if you take time to be alone with God?

   - What could it look like for you to trust him more in that particular area of your life?

 

- What would it look like to trust God when you feel like you aren’t being productive?

 

- What could it look like for you to bring all your anxious thoughts to God this week?


 

Meditate: Practice silence and solitude this week by picking a short passage of Scripture to meditate on like Matthew 6:25–34 or Mark 1:29–37. Meditate on the passage repeatedly during your quiet time throughout the week.

 

Memorize: Mark 1:35, “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.”



Sabbath

Week #3


Simplicity

Week #4


Slowing

WEEK #5