In case you missed the first gathering, or just want a refresher of some of the main takeaways, we've curated some of the most memorable notes + quotes for you to reflect on. 

Listen to the audio of Gathering #1

Being an apprentice is a whole life endeavor. 

To be an apprentice of Jesus is to organize your life around 3 goals:

  1. Be with Jesus
  2. Become Like Jesus
  3. Do what He did. 

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. (The Message) 

This is an invitation to an unhurried life.

In this truth lies the secret of the easy yoke: the secret involves living as (Jesus) lived in the entirety of his life – adopting his overall life-style… Our mistake is to think that following Jesus consists in loving our enemies, going the “second mile,” turning the other cheek, suffering patiently and hopefully – while living the rest of our lives just as everyone else around us does… it’s a strategy bound to fail. (Dallas Willard)

If you want to experience the life of Jesus, you have to adopt the lifestyle of Jesus.

A yoke is a work instrument. Thus when Jesus offers a yoke he offers what we might think tired workers need least. They need a mattress or a vacation, not a yoke. But Jesus realizes that the most restful gift he can give the tired is a new way to carry life, a fresh way to bear responsibilities… Realism sees that life is a succession of burdens; we cannot get away from them; thus instead of offering escape, Jesus offers equipment. Jesus means that that obedience to his Sermon on the Mount (his yoke) will develop us in a balance and a ‘way’ of carrying life that will give more rest than the way we have been living. (Frederick Dale Bruner) 

Jesus was never in a hurry. He was always ready to stop and slow down with people. 

Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.

Dallas Willard

We are too busy to live emotionally healthy and spiritually mature lives. 

We are distracting ourselves into oblivion.

Today, a number of historical circumstances are blindly flowing together and accidentally conspiring to produce a climate within which it is difficult not just to think about God or to pray, but simply to have any interior depth whatsoever… We are distracting ourselves into spiritual oblivion… pathological busyness, distraction, and restlessness are major blocks today within our spiritual lives.  (Ronal Rolheiser)

10 signs of hurry-sickness (Ruth Haley Barton)

Irritability, hypersensitivity, restlessness (when we actually do try to rest we can’t calm down), compulsive overworking, emotional numbness – we just can’t feel, escapist behaviors, disconnected from our identity and calling, not able to attend to human needs, hoarding energy, slippage in our spiritual practice

Hurry is a form of violence on the soul. 

The solution isn't more time. The solution is slowing down and simplifying. 

Four practices to slow down your life:

SABBATH 
SILENCE + SOLITUDE 
SIMPLE LIVING 
SLOWING DOWN THE OVERALL PACE OF LIFE

Practicing the way of Jesus needs to be something we put on our schedule. 

Inner peace is achieved when our schedule aligns with our values. 

Joseph Covey

What were your favorite takeaways? Anything we missed that you've been reflecting on? Share in a comment below.