Shhhhh! (Part 2)

shhhhh2In Part 1 of this blog series, we talked about all the noise created in our world today and all the many different forms it arrives to us in.  We live in a world that is fuller of words than it has ever been in the past.  If you would like to read Part 1 of this blog, you can read it here.What do we do about all the words that bombard our lives each day?  
How do we manage our way through this world of so much speech?  The Biblical prescription is meditation and silence.  As one person noted, when Mary witnessed the shepherds worshiping her child, she didn’t tweet about it or blog.  Rather, she “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).  Of course, that shouldn’t surprise us.  It’s not simply that Mary lived in a pre-Internet age.  Rather, as a devout Jew, she understood God’s claim on her attention, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Palms 46:10).  Mary understood the discipline of mediation and the stillness and quietness that meditation requires.

But our world seems uncomfortable with silence. Notice how many bars and restaurants fill the silent space with music or sportscasts that make conversation somewhere between difficult to impossible. But even when we leave the restaurant, who’s responsible for the fact we’re surfing the Net or plugged into our iPods or both simultaneously?

Marilyn McEntyre reminds us that, “The silence we practice is one fairly reliable measure of the distance between effective words and ineffectual babble…without silence, language becomes noise.”

There is a price to pay for life in a noisy world if we are not careful.

So there is, then, the critical need for silence in a wordy (and noisy) world – space made for reflection; a pause that allows us to seek deeper meaning; opportunity to become more aware of our world; a quest to discover more intimacy with God.
This is not about a life-style preference but a matter that goes to the heart of human existence. Isaiah reminds the people of God, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it’” (Isaiah 35:10).  Our resistance to seeking sanctuaries of silence may betray more than being caught in a cultural moment.  It may betray a deep spiritual crisis within.

Just as we must grow patterns of work and rest that demonstrate to the world that we are not slaves but free sons of the living God, so we develop patterns of speaking and being still – Sabbaths for our mouths – which demonstrate that in Jesus, who is the Eternal word, we are free to be quiet in order to speak words that really matter.

Sometimes much more can be gained from just being quiet.  For some of us that is more difficult than others.  It is just something we must teach ourselves how to do.  The rewards for doing so can be very great.

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Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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