I have a radio in my car. It connects to almost 50 FM radio stations. It also connects to 15 AM stations. If I paid for the service it would also connect to XM Satellite to offer me another 1,000 stations.
I have a TV. It’s connected to Dish Network. There are hundreds of stations most of which I have never even clicked on once. It has the ability to connect to Netflix where I could watch thousands of movies as well as thousands of TV shows I may have missed on my hundreds of TV channels. I have DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and even VHS tapes that could eat up more time than I care to think about.
I have a computer. It has YouTube. YouTube will suck the life right out of me if I let it. Adorable kittens, dancing babies, and skiing squirrels are vying for my attention. And YouTube is just one of Millions of Media websites that consume the mind.
I have a phone. It even makes phone calls. But it also gives me access to my personal music collection of thousands of songs, speeches, and books. I can listen to people podcast about everything from quilting to beet farming. I can download movies I already own in VHS so that I can watch them ANYWHERE at ANYTIME. I can tweet from it, instagram from it, pintrist from it, and even periscope from it. It has Facebook! FACEBOOK PEOPLE! I can spend hours catching up with people I knew years ago by seeing what they ate last night and what they think about the latest episode of Real Housewives of Antarctica. I can even post about myself and wait to see if people LIKE what I posted!
I could spend 24 hours a day surrounded by media!
And then God says, “Stop!” Be still and quiet for one moment. Remember to think about God!
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God.
I’ve realized that it is difficult to contemplate the vastness of God while my Beats are on or my Buds are in. It takes solitude and silence. It’s also nearly impossible to organize my day, plan my week, and set goals for my year when I haven’t taken time to get alone and get quiet.
This is why I encourage you to set aside a little time every day for stillness. During this time you can pray, meditate upon Scripture, and gain strength through solitude. It seems to be in the stillness that I draw closer to God than at any other time.
Do you tire of the Media Madness? Do you find it difficult to find Silent Time? What do you believe is the greatest benefit of being still? Comment below:
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