OK, that title makes me sound either verbally challenged or a bit over-medicated. (I did just get back from having a root canal…hmmm) But I’m referring, of course, to the difference between doing versus being. And even though this seems like it shouldn’t be too hard to understand, I seem to get things turned around pretty easily.
This reality struck me today when I was at home alone for a couple of hours- doing some reading and studying. After a while, I became aware of the simple sound of… quiet. No TV or music filling in the empty spaces, no hum of background noise. Just quiet, peaceful. I savored it, an unexpected but welcome companion.
But those moments also made me realize how much I’ve allowed myself to become defined by activity, by a compulsive need to be doing something. Gotta get things done, checked off the list. Keep going, keep moving. Like a hamster on a wheel- keep in motion on a road to… anywhere? I know better than this, don’t I? Apparently if I don’t make the deliberate and sometimes ruthless choice to slow down and simply be- be with God, be still, be quiet, just be– then I lose my bearings. Urgency replaces priority. Doing trumps being.
Today was a good reminder- and one that I need to keep coming back to. Good thing I wrote it down. Actually, God wrote it down first. “BE STILL, and KNOW that I am God (Psalm 46:10)
November 2, 2011 at 3:33 am
Thanks for this word, Richard. When I take time to simply “be” I find myself struggling to clear my mind. My inability to focus never ceases to amaze me. Thanks again, Richard!