Learning to Be STILL

Anyone who has been following me for a while now is aware that I’ve been approaching a major crossroads in my life. The job I’ve had for four plus years is now over and I am unemployed, and I have no real prospects for anything serious in the near future. I’ve been writing my blog and working on my channel for a while now, but it isn’t something that is going to grow into a new career for me. Even if it did, few people last very long even if they gain a significant following, so a career in content creation isn’t exactly a serious path forward for me.

One of the big things that has arisen in my life lately has been a call from God to return to Him. I’m hoping that I’m at the end of a major arc of my life and He is preparing me for something truly amazing in the near future. I mentioned before that I am hoping to start a sailing ministry to travel around the world doing His work for people all across the globe. Many factors seem to be coming together to potentially make this possible, but ultimately it requires a serious amount of money that I can’t get on my own, so my confirmation in all of this will be somehow getting this whole thing funded.

The purpose of today’s message, though, isn’t to go on about my own life, but to share one of the aspects of what my time spent with God is trying to teach me. One of the big messages I’m receiving from Him is to be patient and wait on Him to provide an opportunity, whatever that might look like. For several weeks now I’ve been praying very hard for Him to provide what we need to make this ministry happen, which is what He wants us to do, but He has also prompted me to be patient and wait. As a man who wants to be doing something all the time, this is very difficult for me.

Even if you aren’t a Christian, there are times in your life where the right thing to do is just sit and wait. Many times we allow the distractions of our lives to consume us and we become unable to see what is truly going on around us. How many opportunities pass us by because we are so fixated on what is going on in the moment that we just didn’t notice it? Who in our lives are suffering, but we can’t see it because we are so involved in our own issues? How many times have we seen injustices happen around us, but were too busy to even stop to really think about what happened, much less depart from our comfortable lives long enough to do something about it?

Learning to be still is probably one of the hardest things that a human being can learn to do. One of the reasons why meditation is so popular amongst those seeking self improvement is because it forces us to push away all the distractions of the world and really start focusing inward on who we are as people. When all you have are the thoughts in your mind, you eventually run out of things to think about and all you’re left with is you. That’s when the real work starts.

We human beings like to think that we are much better than we really are because of the societies and technologies that we have created that are vastly superior to anything else in this world we’ve come to conquer, but the truth is that we are simply first amongst animals. The capacity to truly absorb everything that is going on around us just isn’t something that we’re equipped with, and at some point we have to stop and process everything we’ve seen and experienced. That’s just an unfortunate part of the human experience. You can’t really learn anything until you stop to reflect on it.

I’m not sure what my own future holds, but I’m praying for this ministry and the insane resources it will take to get it started. My own doubts are always there nagging at me, but I’m trying to spend this time of my life learning to be still and to silence them, and the only way to do that is to just stop and focus on it. The Father might work a miracle and provide what I need, but even if His answer is yes I need to let Him make me ready for it when it happens. Much the same is true in your own life, regardless of your faith or lack of it. Sometimes you have to just stop and focus on right now so you can be ready for what’s next.

So what do you think about being still and learning to be patient? Is it something you practice in your own life, or do you constantly flit from one thing to the next, never stopping to really consider what you’re doing? When you look back on your life, do you see the things you missed out on because you were too focused on just doing something rather than looking for something meaningful to do? This is a problem that every single person on the planet has to deal with, and it’s up to you to decide to take the time to truly reflect on who you are, what you want, and what opportunities might be hiding in the bushes.

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