“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business…” 1 Thessalonians 4:11 NLT
Enjoying a life that is peaceful and quiet, not engrossed in other people’s affairs, is harder today, than ever before.
But in the verse mentioned above, Paul is telling us this is an important concept for us to understand. A life that is rich with quiet moments—not preoccupied with the business of others—is vital for our health.
Paul challenges us to reflect. How quiet is my life?
Do I have moments that are free from all the “noise” of sensory input and stimulation? If not, then how can I?
Sadly, most of us are no longer strolling through the park, stopping “to smell the roses” these days. Instead, we’re rushing to our next activity, stopping briefly to check our Facebook, change our Spotify, or send off a quick text—all while shopping or talking to a friend. We are out of control and missing what we desperately need.
The word “quiet” doesn’t just mean “free from noise.” It also stands for a calm or tranquil environment, free from disturbances or interruptions.
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Psalm 23:2
Recent studies have shown that this continual shifting of our attention from one activity to another (phone to computer to social media to phone to computer to T.V., etc.) is actually wreaking havoc on our minds.
What do the researchers say we need more of? Quiet.
“Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Come with me … to a quiet place and get some rest.’” Mark 6:30-32
The lure of the Internet, Google, and social media beckons us all day long. I’ve realized my need for a healthier balance.
I want to have a quieter life. I’m asking God to “renew my mind, to what His good and pleasing and perfect will” in this area of my life. (Romans 12:2)
So, I’ve begun to make some changes.
First of all, I’m taking intentional breaks from my phone: from all of the calls, texts, emails and social media. I don’t take it with me everywhere I go. I leave it behind when I can, or when I’m at home I turn it off for periods of time.
I’ve found that when I leave my phone behind, I’m more relaxed and better able to focus on what I’m doing.
I come away from these “sensory sabbaticals” feeling recharged and ready to go!
Another change I’ve made is to limit how often I check my social media each day. Or even how often I reach for my phone. Instead, I look out the window or pray or take a stroll.
Old habits don’t die easily though. As Paul said, we need to have a goal. Just by making a few simple changes in my daily routine, I’ve noticed a big difference in my life. It feels really good.
I encourage you to spend some time this week praying about this area in your life.
What is God speaking to your heart? Where does He want to set you free?
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. (Psalm 32:8 NLT)