“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children” (Eph. 5:1, NIV).
. . . To be an imitator of God, requires that we come to terms with the value of quietness, slowing down, coming apart from the noise and speed of today’s pace, and broadening our lives with a view of the eternal reach of time. It means saying no to more and more activities that increase the speed of our squirrel cage. Knowing God requires that we “be still” (Ps. 46:10).
. . . It means I refuse to be driven by guilt and unrealistic demands on my time and my priorities. It means I must draw away from what’s going on and seek solitude with my Father.
We’ll be criticized, of course, for taking time away to “be still,” but it’s not a take-it-or-leave-it luxury. It is necessary for survival. Our minds must be liberated from the immediate, the necessary stuff in the mainstream of our world, so we can gain perspective. We have to have “still” times so we can imitate Jesus and lift ourselves away from the grit and grind of mere existence.
Tell yourself right now and throughout today that it’s okay to draw away from the maddening crowd. Jesus did; so can you.
Fatigue is not next to godliness.
~ Chuck Swindoll, Day by Day with Charles Swindoll
As quoted at Insight for Living
In the stillness,
Welcome to the Still Saturday Community where we pause after a busy week, move in quiet pilgrimage, maybe linger a while in some still place, and soak in the beauty of images and reflect on the depth of sparse words. We’d love for you to join us. Grab the button and link up below. We all love to hear if something especially speaks to your heart, but please don’t feel pressured to comment. Simply take some time to be still together, to gaze long and drink deep.