It seemed like I never got around to doing too many things. My excuse was “well, stuff happens.” And sometimes unexpected events sidetrack me. But was that really the problem?
When pondering what’s most meaningful in life, I always think of people not things. Things are of importance too; we all need food, water, clothing, and a home. But human life is much more than basic needs.
Created in God’s image means we also have a need to think and reflect, to relate, to be creative, and to steward things. But it seemed like it was often those things that fell by the wayside. The things I long to do, dreams I’ve tucked away in a drawer.
I always find myself wishing for time to do them. Even though every day has 24 hours. It wasn’t a lack of time.
So what was the problem? And then I realized that I’d stopped embracing silence. I was filling my time and days with noise and distractions. Good noise, but distracting nonetheless. Fine documentaries, informative news videos, engaging movies, and the like.
Decent stuff, but a lot of unnecessary static that hindered me. And deterred me from pursuing God-given inclinations to create, reflect, and learn. The things that make life special and give it greater meaning.
Activities that need an alert mind and an open heart. But static was keeping my heart from receiving needed inspiration.
In the silence of stillness, our hearts can hear God’s voice. And receive creative ability for all the things that make human life so amazing. Enabling us to live a life of creative and obedient service to God.
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4 replies on “Silence is Important”
So true. I am taking a quiet retreat with a friend next week… much needed. I am looking forward to quiet spaces to just be still and listen. Happy New Year, Sheila.
Great Linda, I’m happy for you!! I can imagine that you need it. Quiet is probably not easy to find around your place. But at least your home is filled with a blessed and happy noise!! Enjoy your time, and happy new year to you too!
What a needed reminder to be still. I wrote down a short list (that didn’t stay short) of all the things I wanted to accomplish this year. When I was done writing I felt so overwhelmed and wanted to give up. Your post is a reminder to be quiet and let God direct to the most important and most soul satisfying things. Thank you.
I’m so glad it helped you, Karen. We do need reminders from time to time. Especially, I think, in overwhelming times like these. May God direct your path in every way!
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