Decision #2 Being Still (Silence)


One worthy pursuit many leaders have, including myself is to develop a better relationship with God.  Today I continue some thoughts from Chuck Swindoll’s book, “Intimacy with the Almighty”.  The first decision to make is to Re-order my private world, which requires the discipline of simplicity. This second decision to develop a better relationship with God is to be still.  This requires the discipline of Silence.

Here are some different versions of Psalm 46:10…

“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God.”

“Cease striving and know that I am God.”

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

We are commanded to stop.  Rest.  Relax.  Let go and make time for Him. We can’t move toward deeper intimate relationship without determined, intentional times of stillness, silence and quietness. Here is what I’ve realized:

Nobody can do something about my busyness but me!

But, isn’t it is easy to get sucked into the black hole of activities? The result is what Swindoll calls “fast talk”, resulting in shallow relationships, no time for family or for one another, and no time for intimacy, communication and listening. He suggests deliberately saying “No” more often.  If I wait for circumstances to change and things to slow down, life will continue to deteriorate.

Swindoll adds, “God does not speak to the hurried, worried mind. It takes time alone with Him and His Word before we can expect our spiritual strength to recover.”

What do you need to say “No” to, so you can say “Yes!” to a better relationship with God?

Click here for related posts:

Developing Your Relationship with God

Decision #1 Re-order my Private World (Simplicity)

4 Simple Habits Guaranteed to Change your Life

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About Steve Morgan

I work in Global Leadership Development with Cru with my wife, Terry. We have been married 30 years and have 4 grown children. We have a Masters in Global Leadership together through Azusa Pacific University. I generally write about 5 “L’s: Living Well, Loving Deeply, Learning Continuously, Leading Courageously and Leaving a Legacy. I occasionally write about Laughing Loudly. Subscribe on the right side to receive an email whenever there is a new post. I invite you to leave your comments so we can dialogue on the various topics and learn from each other. If you are new to the site, you might start with looking at some of the top posts or doing a search on the right side bar for one of the 5 “L’s” that interest you. Or you can view the blog archives for topics. Photo Credit: sarahjoellephotography.com
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3 Responses to Decision #2 Being Still (Silence)

  1. Pingback: Decision #3 Cultivate Serenity (Solitude) | Leader Impact

  2. grisdeluna says:

    Wow! En verdad me impactó pensar en el punto de vista de Dios sobre alguien que se acerca a El con la mente apurada y preocupada.

  3. Pingback: Decision #4 Trust the Lord Completely (Surrender) | Leader Impact

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