Resisting the Quiet

I’m resisting the quiet.

My world is buzzing with busyness.

I’m consumed by “to do” lists that never end… personal and professional.

I welcome it.  I actually tend to thrive in a world of busy.

However, I get the nagging feeling that I need to be quiet.  I need to be still.

But I’m dodging it.

I can feel it when I have a few moments of unplanned time and I get anxious about the things that I’m not doing.

I can feel it when I’m focused on one project but toiling over needing to be doing another.

Today I read a few wise words from Patsy Clairmont:

“It’s wise to stop every once in a while and ask ourselves, ‘Where am I?’ and ‘Where am I going?'”

I think that’s why I’m resisting the quiet.

I think I’m afraid that if I slow down I might:

1) Simply crash and not be able to get back to business

2) Hear God tell me that I’m not listening

3) Realize I’m not going the right way

Most leaders are busy.  That’s just a part of it.  But being busy for busyness sake is dangerous.

When we’re too busy to listen… when we’re too busy to embrace needed moments of quiet, we leave ourselves open to going the wrong way.

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”  Isaiah 30:21


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  • Kevin Taylor September 28, 2011  

    Thanks for being so real – actually when I stop & get quiet I am faced with the realization that my importance is found in what I accomplish and not in who I am before God. I find that I really believe that it is all about me and what I have to accomplish and not what He can accomplish through me when I walk with Jesus in relationship. I spend time with Him but when I am not working and then I get back to work and being busy and push myself hard to accomplish what I believe will prove my worth. Great reflection – some quiet time coming!

    • Jenni Catron September 28, 2011  

      Kevin, I can so relate! Thank you for sharing… and challenging me right back.

  • Nicole September 29, 2011  

    hey girl…just wrote about a very similar thing on my blog. Maybe our lives are running at a similar pace. I encourage you to take the time. A few months ago I committed with a friend to an ENTIRE hour with Jesus every day for a week. What a difference! It was a wonderful correction in direction and pace. Might be worth a shot…