3 Things To Do To ‘Be Still’

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭KJV
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My wife’s aunt was watching our girls this past weekend and she told us this story about our youngest, Brynne. Brynne was praying for lunch and she speeded right through her prayer, “ThankyouJesusforthisfoodamen.” Brynne was told to slow down so then her prayer was “T h a n k y o u J e s u s f o r t h i s f o o d a m e n.”

When I heard this story, I started thinking about how much God wants us to slow down.

In this crazy, fast paced world, we rarely have time for God or spiritual things! We are too busy working, spending time with friends and family and even sometimes too busy doing ministry work. God wants us to ‘Be still and know Him.’

So how do we ‘be still’ in this ever changing world?

1. Set apart time to ‘be still.’

You have to purpose and plan a time to be still. If you don’t have any time set aside to be still and talk to God, you never will be still. Most people live such a busy schedule that they waste the extra time they do have! Trust me, I understand, I’m the same way sometimes….it’s hard to just stop and be still and know God. Just like you have a time to go to work or go to church or go to a doctor’s appointment, you need to set apart and schedule a time to meet and walk with God.

2. Slow down.

Just slow down. Look at all the blessings God has given you. Slow down and see how God has taken care of you. When you slow down, you will have a better chance of being still and knowing God. Too many people never slow down in their busy lives. They just rush right on by everything God has blessed them with.

3. Find a secluded place.

Find a spot to be alone and talk with God. Jesus went up into the mountain to pray, He went further into the garden to pray. He found times and places to be alone and to be still so that He could talk to the Father. He was the perfect example for us. It’s good to slow down and set apart some time and then seclude yourself so that you can be still and know God!

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No Regrets

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why did I do that?” or “What was I thinking?”

Or have you said to yourself, “That was stupid, I shouldn’t have done that!”

I’m sure every one of us can say those things about different things we have done in life. We all make mistakes, we all mess up, and we all sin. And when we do something like that, those thoughts and questions go through our minds.

For example, I have been kicking myself the last couple days because of something I did a few months ago. What I did wasn’t anything wrong in any sense. I didn’t sin or violate any of God’s commands. I just made a stupid, impulsive decision.

No regrets. That’s what I keep telling myself about the decision I made. Regret means to feel sad or sorry about. I saw a statement on Wikipedia that I really liked, “Regret is the emotion of wishing one had made a different decision in the past, because the consequences of the decision were unfavorable. Regret is related to perceived opportunity.”

If I regret what I did, it is because I think my opportunity would be different now than what it is. Do I really know if I would be different now or would I have messed up elsewhere. I don’t know and at the end of the day, I can’t dwell on that!

I think Paul summed it up best in Philippians 3:13-14.

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Paul had a past that he could have regretted and spent time feeling sorry about himself! He spent so much time hunting down and killing Christians. He enjoyed persecuting Christians! He had a life that he had every right to regret!

Paul says he is forgetting his past and reaching forth to that which is ahead. He is forgetting the life that he controlled and reaching forth to the life that the Lord is controlling! Paul didn’t have time to waste on regretting all the evil things he had done, he was trying to make best use of the time he had left to serve the Lord!

No regrets! Don’t let the past control your future! Reach forth to that which is ahead! Reach forth to that which the Lord wants you to accomplish!

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