I have a confession. Anytime I have more than 30 seconds of “down-time” for my brain, I am tempted to fill the time with either music or glancing at my phone. It feels unnatural to simply look around…or think…or pray…or…do nothing.
How about you?
When you’re in line at the store, or walking to the mailbox, or sitting at a stoplight, or two minutes early for a meeting, do you immediately grab your phone?
Here’s a harder question: Is it possible to hear from God if we never stop to listen?
Could it be that you and I have filled every tiny space with noise – audible and visual – and made it impossible to hear that “still, small voice?” Do we really expect God to shout?
I want that to change. I need it to change. I need to declutter my brain in 5-minute chunks.
To that end, here is my challenge (and I’m inviting you to join me):
- Pick one day in the next week.
- Pay attention to when you have down-time for less than 5-minutes. (Standing in line, short drives, emptying the dishwasher, walking between meetings, etc.)
- Don’t fill the time. (No phone. No radio. No email.)
- Pay attention.
That’s it. Pay attention. Notice people.
I’ve been doing this more and more over the last few months. It’s been life-giving. I have seen more and listened more.
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