On Speed


One day, little Johnny was running through the halls at school. His third grade teacher ordered him to slow down. When he wanted to keep running, she made him sit still in a chair for two hours.

He said to the teacher, “I may be sitting on the outside, but I’m still running on the inside.”

But Johnny really can’t help it. It’s no wonder people are always on the move. We are made to be active. Did you know your fingernails are always growing, at a clip of .004 millimeters per hour? Don’t take my word for it. Measure them.

The human sneeze is much faster, traveling at 100 mph. Hair grows at a pace of .16 millimeters per hour. Blood traverses our veins at two mph. And the fastest among us can run at speeds up to 28 mph. People are always moving.

The only exception is the man sitting on the bench at the mall waiting for his wife. He hasn’t moved in days.

But did you know the Bible have over 7,000 commands, and none of them says, “Hurry up!” So even if you’re running on the inside, sit down on the outside. The Bible says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).


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