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Don’t Just Do Something…Stand There!

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“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Most worry-prone individuals like to be in control. This often results in an excessive desire to be busy and get things done. For this type of person, the thought of being still can be a painful one. But, here’s the deal. Unless you can force yourself to take a break and spend time with God, you’ll never get to know Him. Furthermore, you will never be at peace.

Here’s what I wrote in Stop Worrying and Start Living…

In the past I would only pray when I felt like it or when I wasn’t busy. Now I choose to spend some quiet time with Jesus every day, no matter what. Even though it can be extremely difficult to sit still when e-mails have to be answered and writing deadlines met, I choose to do it anyway. Through this act of self-discipline, my relationship with him has grown, and I can feel his presence in my life more deeply. I know the frustration that comes from running around and trying to control every area of my life, and I also know the peace that comes from spending quiet time in God’s presence.

Over the past few months, many of us have been forced to take a break and be still. Global pandemics have a way of doing that. But here’s a question for you. Have you been making good use of your downtime? It’s great that you’re spending more time with your family, cleaning your house and sprucing up your lawn, but how much time have you spent working on your relationship with God?

Before things get back to normal and you find yourself rushing around again, why not try to spend some time praying and reading the Bible? Reflect on the fact that God loves you and is in control of your life. Share your worries with Him and ask for the grace to deal with your problems. You may never have an opportunity like this again. Don’t waste it!

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