It seems like I never got around to doing too many things. My excuse was “well, stuff happens.” And sometimes unexpected stuff coming up does sidetrack me. But was that really the problem?
When I think of what’s most important in life, it’s always people over things, though things are important too. We all need food, water, clothing, and a home. But human life is more than basic needs.
Being 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 went by wayside. The things I long to do, dreams I’ve tucked away in the drawer. I always found myself wishing for time to do them. Even though each and every day has 24 hours. It wasn’t really 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. Great documentaries, informative news videos, good movies, and the like.
Good stuff, but a lot of static, keeping me from those special inclinations from God to create, reflect, and learn. The things that make life special and give it greater meaning.
I learned or relearned that silence is essential to those activities. They require alertness and an engaged and open mind and heart, ready to receive. But all that static kept my heart and mind from listening, really thinking, and receiving what I needed to hear.
Silence, stillness, and quiet enable us to communicate with God and others. Otherwise we risk doing monologues. And out that attentive listening God can help our creative juices flow. We find the inspiration, wisdom, and creative power we need to do all things that make human life a special blessing.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.Proverbs 3:23 ESV
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