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by Teresa Bell Kindred
If my life were a television commercial, it would be the car commercial that goes Zoom, zoom, zoom. Sometimes I even catch myself singing this ditty as I get in my jeep and take off to pick up a child at school or take one to the dentist. This busy, fast-paced lifestyle is so commonplace that we are losing the art of doing nothing a period of down time where we think, reflect, meditate, and pray.
My daughter cant understand why I dont listen to the radio while I drive. Ive tried to explain to her that this is my thinking time. Being a typical teen, she prefers noise of any kind to stillness. When I was a teenager, many years ago, I enjoyed poetry. I had a book of poems called Listen to the Quiet. My children have not yet learned the benefits of stillness or quietness.
No matter how busy or fast-paced my life becomes, I do my best to start and end each day the same way: with prayer. I want God to be at the top of my priority list. I believe it is also important that my children know that this quiet time with God is at the top of my priority list. I want them to see that I can be still to open my heart and my busy life to God.
We are reminded in Scripture to be still and know that I am God. If we dont, it would be very hard to achieve the things that really matter, "...a loving family, a consistent investment in the lives of people, and an earnest attempt to serve God who made me.*
To be truly successful...we have to make time in our lives to be still.
* This comes from one of my favorite quotes from Dr. James Dobson: I have concluded that the accumulation of wealth, even if I could achieve it, is an insufficient reason for living. When I reach the end of my days, a moment or two from now, I must look backward on something more meaningful than the pursuit of houses and land and machines and stocks and bonds. Nor is fame of any lasting benefit. I will consider my earthly existence to have been wasted unless I can recall a loving family, a consistent investment in the lives of people, and an earnest attempt to serve God who made me. Nothing else makes sense.
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