Encouraging Silence

19 Mar

Our technology mediates or stands between us and the real world…the physical world. 

T.David Gordon, a professor and author wrote, “We have become acclimated to distraction, to multi-tasking, to giving part of our attention to many things at once, while almost never devoting the entire attention of the entire soul to anything.”

I would argue there is no such thing as “multi-tasking” but rather “multi-dividing”…a characteristic of giving portions of ourselves away. (what else are you doing while you’re reading this? How many other “windows” on your computer are open?)

Distraction has become the “Norm” for everyday life…during conversations, meetings, while watching t.v., cooking dinner, playing, eating, exercising…we expect to have some form of distraction competing for the wholeness of who we are. (This email may very well be a distraction to you…keeping you from work?)

How many times have you been in the middle of a conversation with someone, and they hear a beep or feel a buzz, and they whip out their phone…(I’ll admit I’m guilty of this). I’m not saying multi-tasking is bad and should never be done…I play the guitar AND sing. I cook dinner AND hold a baby. I’ve got some instrumental prog-rock playing in the background as I type this…

BUT, when it comes to our walk with Christ, our prayer life, and our meditation on scripture…do we create space where we are able to offer our entire soul and attention? Learning how to be alone and silent with our thoughts in this age of digital distraction is quickly becoming a lost art. 

some quotes to consider:

“All of man’s miseries come from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.” -Blaise Pascal

“In repentance and rest is your salvation. In quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” -Isaiah 30:15

“Just as we cannot force a plant to grow but can take away the weeds and stones which prevent its development, so we cannot force anyone (even ourselves) to such personal and intimate change of heart, but we can offer the space where such a change can take place.” -Henri Nouwen

May you seek to YIELD yourself,  your time, to be separated from distraction and noise at some point today to consider the great themes and truths of scripture, and hear clearly from God.




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