Learning To Be Still

Learning to be still is difficult for me. Perhaps it is difficult for you as well.

I don’t think I’m ADD. Maybe. But probably not. I know I’m definitely not ADHD. Not with my low energy level. If I’m not ADD, then why do I have so much trouble being still and content with doing only one thing at a time?

In the 70s, I remember multitasking came into vogue. You weren’t productive unless you could accomplish not just two things at once, but three or more.

As the decades passed, this multitasking business seemed to worsen.

When I taught elementary school, you for sure better be able to multitask an extreme number of things at the same time. If not, you were sunk. Never to rise above the foaming waves until the school year ended.

You’ve seen pictures of plates balanced on poles? Yeah. Sort of like that. Drop one and they all fall.

I need to work on learning to be still before God. I need to learn to listen to God without talking to him. I need to sit before God with no agenda or plan. I need to learn how to clear the clutter in my brain so I can hear from God when he speaks.

Instead, I allow my thoughts to bounce all over the place. I fill in the quiet space with prayer, petition, or praise. I think of things I need to do before I can be still. Things I must get out of the way so I can be still without feeling guilty about it.

Often in our world people who produce a product every waking minute, or believe they need some physical sign to show how they spent their time, are somehow considered more worthy than those who do not.

Why is that?

My worth is not dependent on how much I accomplish in any given day. It is not dependent on how much product I churn out. Nor is it dependent on how many good works I do. Those things do not define who I am.


My worth is in the fact I am a child of God. Joint heir with Jesus Christ. Beloved.

Doesn’t get much better than that.

What about you? Are you able to block out the world so you can be still and know God without any input on your part? No praying. No singing. Just listening.

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Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth. Psalm 46:10 (TPT)

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8 thoughts on “Learning To Be Still

  1. There’s a character in a comic strip that has a tree to lean on to just “let it be”. We all need God as our tree. Great post❤️


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