Strengthening the Soul (2)
I really needed to slow down. In fact, I needed to stop.
Just two weeks ago, I was in Ruth Haley Barton’s class, “Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership” at Wheaton College. The class was not only lecture but included times for prayer, worship, and silence.
It was an opportunity to slow down. In fact, it was an opportunity to stop.
After all, it is very, very easy to stay really busy. Have you noticed this?
- Phone calls, texting, e-mailing, tweeting, and updating the Facebook status
- Meetings (even meetings to plan the next meeting)
- Talk and more talk
- Squeezing in several activities in one evening
Yes, most of us are very busy. I certainly am.
Yet, I have have found that constant activity day after day can leave me feeling empty, cold, energy-less, and even resentful. This busyness is all about doing and achieving instead of living, really living from the inside-out.
On Friday, I awoke early. I read the “practice” section of chapter 2 from Ruth Haley Barton’s book Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership .
Take at least ten minutes to sit quietly in God’s presence with your growing awareness of what is drawing you into solitude at this time. Allow yourself to experience the hope that comes with knowing that there is a safe place for you to acknowledge what is true about you and to wait for God’s action in your life. (p. 45)
I went upstairs to our den and then outside to the little balcony overlooking our backyard. I sat still in the darkness, staring at a brightly lit moon. I sat in silence before God. After a few minutes, it became very clear what was weighing on my heart/mind. I brought this before God.
There is no substitute for tending to my soul.
Consider your own life. Now think about others who are around you. What is the constant (and even frantic) busyness doing to us?