Why Silence is so good for you?
Proverbs 17:1 (NIV) says, “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feastings, with strife.”
Did you get that? Or did you read through it so quickly until you had to read it again because I asked, “did you get that”.
Ponder that scriptural verse for a moment.
Strife is conflict, anger, bitterness, friction. Can you imagine living in a house “full” of it? One could get used to having strife in their life until they devise problems to feel validated. Think about it: What is familiar becomes routine and routine becomes a craving. Good example is eating dessert after a meal or thinking you need to live with a person, unmarried, because they make you feel loved.
I’d like to share 3 reasons Silence is good for you:
In 2020, we can classify Noise Pollution as:
Do you really want others to define you?
Do you really want to hear everyone else’s view of you?
What you should wear? How you should act? Who you should be?
Sometimes, it’s overwhelming to keep up with all you should know, do, be, see and think.
There is a better way.
So now that you know why silence is good for you. Let’s talk about changing your practice. Here are 5 ways to apply practicing Silence in your life:
First, Locate 3 places where you can have uninterrupted time alone. The designate a place where you can spend 5 minutes alone, 20 minutes, or 60 minutes.
Second, Once you have completed number one, set times and a location in your calendar. Practice one today. Make sure you bring to each session your Bible, pad or journal, and something to write with. No music, phone, or another person. You are about to embark into the World of Silence.
Third, Once you arrive at your designation, sit or stand and gaze around the area you selected. Take it all in. The sounds you hear, without judgement or thought. Only observing your surroundings. Don’t interact. Be still.
Fourth, sit or stand with eyes closed and pray. Ask the Triune God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit to join you in your practice of Silence. Then say, “I’m here, LORD. Your servant is listening.” Similar to what Samuel did in 1 Samuel 3: 1-11. Now do just that: seek for God’s presence, listen, and wait for God to show up. His way.
Last, end your time by thanking God for giving you a moment of silence.
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