As we approach a new year, I've been thinking a lot about this post by Jonathan Dodson. He begins by quoting Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) on why it is so important that we slow down.
If you are wise therefore you will show yourself a reservoir and not a canal. For a canal pours out as fast as it takes in; but a reservoir waits till it is full before it over flows, and so communicates its surplus…We have all too few such reservoirs in the Church at present, thought we have canals in plenty. – Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons on Song of Songs
I encourage you to read the rest of this much needed exhortation.