The Struggle to Live a Still LifeI remember being a child, sitting with headphones on in front of my stereo with the volume cranked up. (That’s when headphones were ginormous and practically concealed the identity of an individual based on the fact they nearly covered both sides of a person’s face.) I liked the song that was playing, and so I belted it out at the top of my lungs. A family member came downstairs and said, “You’re loud! And, by the way, you’re not singing the right words.” I liked the song so much that I was willing to sing what I thought the lyrics were rather than take time to listen and learn them first.

Stillness is about listening to God and walking in His will. It doesn’t necessarily mean we aren’t moving, but we are always listening, trusting, and hoping.

If we’re not careful, the noisiness of the world can sidetrack our thoughts and steal our focus. We can easily get ahead of where we are supposed to be because we’re trying to catch up to someone else.

Friend, we’re too tough on ourselves. We struggle with comparison and worry that other people might be doing life better than us.

And God just wants us to listen and walk in His will for our lives.

My life isn’t going to be like the girl standing next to me in the grocery store line, and her life won’t be anything like mine, but we each have a call to fulfill. I don’t have to compare myself to anyone. It’s only God’s standard that I have to worry about.

Too often we forget that the heartbeat of His word is grace.

So if I’m obedient, willing, and not vocalizing so loud that I miss out on the real words, then I think I’ll be alright.

Being still means listening and obeying the best we can. It doesn’t mean perfection and getting it right the first time.

This walk of stillness is a process and it’s a tough and sometimes arduous journey.

The point is this: listen to what He’s telling you. Don’t worry about what He might be telling the person next to you. Walk in His will for your life. YOURS!

But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.

-Proverbs 1:33



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