Most days we feel behind. There is much to do and busyness is worn as a badge of honor. Stillness teaches us how to wisely engage the world around us.

There is a constant pressure to do more, to work harder, and to keep our schedules filled.

As with many things, this drive is not all bad.

We were created to work. It is part of our design.

We come alive when we can make things happen and help to build a better world.

And, to be sure, there are many social issues that need attention, not to mention the work needed to earn a living and provide for our families.

The problem comes when we live non-stop as if our worth and very identity is depended upon how much we can accomplish.

Rarely do we feel like we have done enough. And all too often we drive ourselves to exhaustion and loose our inner vitality.

Stillness helps to correct our tendency to live in overdrive.

It slows us down and helps us to remember God, the true source of our vitality.

Life is not dependent upon us. Certainly we have our part to play, but it is not up to us to do everything that needs to be done.

In stillness, we yield all our compulsive doing and discern God’s best for us. What is our next best thing to do?

Perhaps we are doing more than God ever intended and burning ourselves out in the process. Maybe the good work we are doing is actually distracting us from the true purpose God has for us.

The gift of stillness frees us from the rat race and allows us to find our best Yes.

Take a moment to pause.

Be still and discover the best use of your strength in the midst of all of life’s demands.

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