As a great man once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” In keeping with this week’s continuing theme of goals and planning, I found Relevant Magazine’s (highly recommended reading and listening) article “5 Ways to Slow Down in 2013” by Jeff Goins pretty interesting.
I love the final item on Jeff’s list: Schedule time for silence. This is something I struggle with. I want to fill every waking moment and consume as much information as I can, but that leads to burnout so quickly. It’s easy to forget that worship isn’t just about us making noise, but also about listening to God. And that can only be done in silence.
At first, the stillness may be unnerving, and that’s fine. Let yourself remain in that tension before resolving it. Use the time to think, reflect, pray. If you have to do something, use this time to mow the lawn or go for a walk. But don’t take any technology with you; trust yourself with just you and your thoughts. It’s not as bad as you might think.