Stillness: A Lost Art

When did activity and amusement take over our lives? When did Parks and Rec become more important than going to the Park with friends?

For me, distraction is a constant, unwanted friend that won’t leave me alone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about a good ‘ole Leslie Knope pick-me-up or an Andy Dwyer mishap, but since when is this what we look forward to when we get home?

These distractions come in obvious and cunning¬†sizes. In my life, these distractions come from thinking, “Hey I can do it ALL!”

I feel like I have lots of ideas and interests, so of course I want to do them all. But what I really need to do is s l o w d o w n. I have to tell myself, “Ok, Kristen, you have cool ideas but you can’t get all of them done today! FOCUS.

Focus is my constant desire, but stillness is sometimes hard to acquire. I get distracted and lose sight of community and the Gospel.

Let’s say I get to the point of actually sitting down. I suddenly remember about the laundry, the dishes in the sink, and our next weeks’ social engagements. I LITERALLY (you Parks and Rec fans will understand the reference) have to tell myself to sit down and be still.

God’s faithfulness is so massive even though I can’t even sit still for more than an hour. He listens with no thought of time or busyness. Our God knows our junk, yet He sacrificed His life for us.

He took our pain so we could be still.

My favorite part of being still is getting to talk to God like if He were sitting on the couch with me in my livingroom. I especially love to journal and get my prayers/thoughts on paper. I realize it’s less likely for me to get distracted if I write my thoughts down. It focuses me.

There are so many journal ideas out in the online word. Who doesn’t love Pinterest? You may even have some cool ideas yourself!

One of Rick Warren’s well-known quotes makes it simple for us, “The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you’ll worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.” Being still is a way for us to focus our hearts on the only One who knows everything about us.

Not to worry though, none of us are going to get this stillness thing right all the time. None of us.

Try to view each day as an adventure. Be still. Stay in your field, and stay faithful where you have been planted.

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