“Mom, what was that?!”
My eight-year-old daughter exclaimed with obvious concern in her voice. She was of course referring to the loud “Thu-dump!” sound that had just occurred while I was driving.
“Nothing, honey. I didn’t see that speed bump coming. I was going too fast.”
She sounded relieved that it wasn’t a small Fido that had made its way under our wheel.
Surprisingly enough, this isn’t the first time I’ve hit a speed bump going at speeds that should be reserved for the highway. Actually, this happens more than I care to admit, and it usually happens when I’m in a hurry, I’m unaware, and I have too much on my mind.
But I’ve come to realize that I don’t just hit speed bumps while I’m driving in a parking lot. No, it’s actually much more common for me to hit them while I’m simply living life.
“Mom! Someone rubbed your red lipstick into the carpet”
The phone rings and its someone who needs my help during a very busy day.
My car needs an unanticipated expensive repair
An unexpected family move.
Speed bumps come in all shapes and different sizes. Some make a small uncomfortable bump while others feel like your running over the Eiffel Tower. And no one is exempt from these annoyance in the road of life.
But I have found that the level of discomfort really lies with me.
I’m in a hurry. I have too much on my mind. I’m not paying enough attention to my surroundings. And I’m not slowing down anytime soon. When I hit something going at this speed, things get really uncomfortable.
While I don’t have a formula for avoiding these bumps, I do have a few tips that have helped me lessen the impact of them on my life:
- Acknowledge that speed bumps will come.
I’m being very naive if I think my road will always be smooth and things won’t change without my permission. I need to make allowance that life can be a little crazy and messy sometimes.
- Slow down.
Go at a pace that will give speed bumps less impact in my life. The size of the impact is directly related to how fast I am going. I need to be going at a speed in life that will remove the jolt out of the bump.
- Be gracious to myself and others.
Speed bumps can be caused by many different factors in my life, the most common being people. I need to give grace to those who caused the bumps, including the main culprit, me.
While we cannot remove these surprises from our lives, we can adjust our lives and attitudes to better equip us for the speed bumps of life.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. Matthew 11:29
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My name is Paige and Jesus is my everything. My passion is to see women of all ages find their beauty & purpose in Him. I’m married to my best friend and a mommy to 3 little princesses… (Read more.)