Zephaniah 2:3 Seek God, all you quietly disciplined people who live by God’s justice. Seek God’s right ways. Seek a quiet and disciplined life.

There it is. That’s what we’re supposed to be looking for: a quiet and disciplined life. Were you wondering what we were looking for? (Is U2’s “I Still haven’t Found What I’m Looking for” playing in your head, too?? If it wasn’t, it probably is now, isn’t it? Sorry.)

A quiet disciplined life. So, if that’s what I’m looking for, then, theoretically, it would make sense to eliminate all that does not uphold this ideal.

Hmmm…Perhaps that’s why it eludes me at times. Perhaps I give up the quiet and the discipline far too easily, far too much. And for what? What is competing for my attention? Isn’t that a daily question?

Is the competition from within or from without? Is it external white noise or the internal hum of business?

A quiet and disciplined life does not jive with the world in which I reside. Here, at least where I am stationed, people are busy and they enjoy telling others how busy they are, as if it’s the sign of productivity or righteousness. Truth is, I do it too. Clearly, the Lord is looking for us to be something other than busy.

In busy, I cannot hear Him. In busy, there is no time to help another, no time to see a different point of view. Community does not flourish in busy nor does love.

I’m challenged today, friends. I’m a planner, a mover, a doer. So, when I see that my plans and my doing may be preventing me from gathering these beautiful rosebuds of wisdom, I have to pause and ask why. I have to reposition myself, change my posture, my way of hearing, make it intentional. Intentional is the only way I can make anything happen. So, here I go.

Daughter of Encouragement: ISO a quiet, disciplined life.

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