By Lizzie Randazzo
We live in a world where everything is at our fingertips. I can Google nearly any question and have an answer within seconds. My phone is constantly buzzing from texts, tweets, alarms, and emails. I live in a state of multi-tasking. How can we hear anything, from God or anyone else, when we are so dialed in to so many places? Are we ever really present?
For most of us, thinking that we’ll brainstorm some ideas in between a shift at Starbucks and small group just isn’t possible. We need to actively seek times of stillness, silence, and solitude. We all have moments where we wake up and realize our life is so much different than we pictured it. It feels like we just woke up from a long plane ride and landed at our next destination, a bit unsure of what actually happened along the way. Life moves faster and faster. Having consistent times of quiet is what will help keep your life from passing you by.
Your times of solitude will probably look different depending on what you’re going through. If you’re feeling the tug from God that He might be calling you to start something or make a significant life decision, you absolutely must have these times of silence. Habakkuk 2:1 says “I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.” Silence and solitude are crucial to hearing from God and to your personal self-discovery.
Here are a few ideas of ways to unplug:
- Decide that every Tuesday or Saturday afternoon, you’re going to turn off your phone, sit outside or wherever, and just be quiet for a few hours. In this stillness, spend time thinking about and reflecting on what your life looks like and what your goals are. Examine who you are today and establish who you want to become.
- Sign up to “unplug” for a full day. A partner of Market Colors, Wallflower Design Company, is conducting a campaign where we all commit to shutting off our phones and removing ourselves from technology for one day, Sunday, May 4th. Made by Wallflower donates $0.20 to Market Colors for every person who commits to this day of silence. Here's where you can sign up: Unplug 2014.
It would be easy to finish reading this blog and think, “That’s a great idea! I should totally do that someday,” and then have that be the end of it. Rather than taking the passive route, grab your planner, write down May 4th or whatever day works to start, and tell a friend your plan so they can hold you accountable. It might not be convenient to have no technology for a day, but convenience doesn’t cultivate growth and development.