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The Necessity of Stillness

Dear Church Family,

Who or what is running your life? What consumes your thoughts, prompts your reactions, and steers your emotions? Dallas Willard once noted that one of God’s primary concerns is who you become. So, who are you becoming? Are you becoming a person who finds themselves joyously dependent on Christ?

Maybe you have rushed so long that you have not even considered the trajectory of your soul. Today would be a good day to practice Psalm 46:10 “Cease striving and know that I am God.” This is God’s word for you today. Be still, take an inventory, and breathe in the confidence that only comes from a steadfast trust and understanding that Jesus is God and is wholly in control. You may scoff and say you don’t have time for stillness, or perhaps you are condescendingly thinking, “Just wait till you have that baby…” Yet, I think that you don’t have time not to be still, even if it calls for you depending on someone else to watch the little ones or get the project done. It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.

Real freedom is found when we allow Christ the place He deserves in our concerns, workplaces, and homes. In the stillness, what does Jesus say is running your life? Would you be willing to trust Him with that? We find ourselves running to the miracle pools of quick fixes because we are convinced that what is right now matters most. Have you ever wondered if there is something greater worth living for than just right now? Perhaps the road to something greater is not ours through the quick pool that meets everyone’s desires. Maybe it’s the long road toward wholeness that is only ours through the small steps of faithfulness with Jesus.

Slow down today, Jesus is in control.

We love you, we’re praying for you, and we hope you have a wonderful Monday morning.

Peace,

David

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