This month our topic for discussion (along with a bit of talk about being thankful) is about being quiet. It’s not the easiest topic to talk about, we like taking action, living large, going places and having adventures, not sitting quietly. So this month will probably be a big challenge for each of us. As we get started this month I wanted to look at one of the reasons why it’s important to be quiet: for reflection.
1 Samuel 12:7 says: “Now stand here quietly before the Lord as I remind you of all the great things the Lord has done for you and your ancestors.” Simply put if you’re busy talking it’s really hard to remember things or hear what other people are saying. It’s only when we take the time to be quiet and think or listen that we’re really able to make progress. Yes, progress does happen to an extent in a dictatorship or when you listen to a lecture, but not to the extent that it could everyone was listening and discussing the potential and work.
When we take time to reflect and to listen to what others have to say we’re able to get a completely different perspective on things. No, their perspective isn’t always better than yours, but it is different and sometimes that difference can spark the inspiration that we were looking for or need to get to the next level. There’s no reason in this interconnected world for us to rely solely on our own opinions, knowledge and resources, because there’s so much more available to us than we could ever know or provide by ourselves.
When we take time for reflection we’re able to remember the past. No, the past isn’t a place that we want to dwell, for most of us it holds memories that we’d rather not dig up, but there are some valuable things we can remember in the past: such as the ways we’ve been blessed. Life isn’t all rainbows and puppies, there are some rough moments too. During the moments that knock us off our feet the ability to remember the blessings in the past enables us to hold out hope that there will be blessings yet again in the future. Don’t give up because you’re in a low moment, instead, take time to be quiet and remember the blessings from your past and gain a new perspective on the good things the future could hold.