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Written by cycleguy on September 23rd, 2015

“I’m taking a break.” We hear that a lot these days, especially in the vein of “I’m taking a media break.”  I’ll be the last one to say taking a break from media is bad. I’ve taken one a time or two myself. Not a complete fast but one from blogging or TV or from email. Okay, not so much the last one but I have taken a break from the others. 🙂

You gotta wonder why it is so prevalent.

Actually, the answer is not all that complex. We are inundated with junk. I will admit it. I love music. I almost always have music on, except when I’m studying or trying to read (its that multi-tasking thing I don’t do very well). Our minds are engaged with so many things it is often hard to “listen”-to God, to others, to your body. If we go fast enough perhaps we can outrun the noise.

While we do all this living horizontally, we forget to live vertically. I realize there are those who are “so heavenly-minded they are no earthly good.” But there are also those who the opposite as well. We have forgotten how to be quiet. We virtually ignore God. Who me?

Yes, me.

“How can it be? I’m a pastor and all.” Easy. I allow outside distractions to pull my heart and affections in the wrong direction. I believe Kari hit on it in her most recent post. I think we make time for what is important to us. Whether it be reading, eating, family, sports, church, cycling, we make time. Maybe it is time we start making time to spend time alone with God.

So…how you doing?

This is another in my series of random posts on this book.

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16 Comments so far ↓

  1. floyd says:

    Ouch! I seem to be stepping words like land mines today… You’re right of course. Our lives speak to our priorities… it’s the crop of our fruit. Thanks for the reminder, Bill.

  2. Daniel says:

    I set aside regular time each day for my devotionals and for prayer. However, I have to be careful that I don’t fall into a patterned trap that becomes stale and rote and a chore.

  3. I deserve a break today…….

  4. Linda Stoll says:

    Solitude and silence. It’s calling our names.

    Kind of hard to hear amidst the noise, yes?

  5. Jeff says:

    You are right. We make time for what is important to us. If God isn’t important we don’t make time. Makes sense to me.

  6. Kari Scare says:

    We have to be deliberate to not let so much “junk” into our lives. Doing nothing and even minimal results in it getting through. Choosing to not let it overrun our lives is the only way to be free from it. (Thanks for the mention, btw.)

    • cycleguy says:

      I have to be careful not to deliberately let stuff in also. Sort of a “busy” mechanism I have had to overcome. But it is a choice. You’re welcome. 🙂

  7. Pam says:

    It really takes an intentional effort to make time for anything–family, friends, fellowship with other Christians–but especially time for God. Good reminder, Bill.

    • Linda says:

      I learned that when I went away for those few days. Quiet time with God is so important to me but I have to watch myself that I don’t put it off until the end of the day because I find myself too tired for what is important.

  8. Yep! We do need, and might I add, crave, the vertical over the horizontal. I know if I don’t make intentional time to be still and know that He is God, my day will neither be productive nor rewarding.
    Taking a break – we all need to!
    Blessings, Bill!