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. (Along with leisure suits.) 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 had sure better be able to multitask an extreme number of things at the same time, or 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 don’t believe multitasking is all that productive for all individuals. Granted, people who work the fast-food drive through windows, and flight controllers, need to be capable of doing more than one thing at a time, as do mothers, but the rest of us? Maybe not.
All this leads me to my inability to be still and know that God is God. I do not believe my inability is genetic. I believe it is a learned trait.
People who are producing a “product” every waking minute, or believe they need some physical sign to show how their time was spent, 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 much 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.
Yet, I need to work on the being still before God, thing. The listen to God without talking to him, thing. The sit before God with no agenda or plan, thing. The how can I hear from God with all the clutter in my brain, thing.
I’m lousy at it. Absolutely lousy.
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…
So, learning to be still is one more thing added to my long list of what I need to work on.
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.
I’d love to hear what works best for you.
God says, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be praised in all the nations; I will be praised throughout the earth.” Psalm 46:10
I wish you well.
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