Episode 108 – Entertain the Interruptions

Key Passage(s): Luke 8:40-48

We’re often oblivious to and annoyed by distractions and interruptions because we inhabit a culture obsessed with speed, efficiency, and productivity. But hurry is trouble for the soul. “Hurry,” said Dallas Willard, “is the great enemy of the spiritual life.” This teaching explores how Jesus led an interruptible life, and how our willingness to slow down and entertain the interruptions can allow us to do the same and not miss out on the “holy interruptions” that come our way. 

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • What do you think it is about the human heart that drives us to stay so busy? 
  • Name an experience in your life where your busyness may have left another person feeling like an interruption. 
  • When have you experienced a “holy interruption?” 
  • What activities, rituals, or practices help you to slow down and be fully present? 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?  

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  1. Thank you, Brad. I needed this great reminder. How can we share the Good News if we just whiz by all the people in our community because we have something to do. I am so guilty of this.

  2. I remember reading a devotional years ago that said “pay attention to the interruptions”. I think of that sometimes when something is not going my way (and like you, is messing up my carefully planned schedule). Interesting how God made sure you were right where you needed to be at the right time. I’ll keep making sure I do pay attention, and then entertain them just in case!

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