We live in a noisy world. Silence is arguably the most challenging, most counter-cultural and least practiced spiritual discipline. Even a silent prayer or a few minutes of quiet reflection during a worship service can make people uncomfortable. Finding silence, i.e. stilling our soul, is hard work. Practicing silence will interrupt your normal rhythm and others may misinterpret your silence.
If you are anything like me, practicing the discipline of silence is difficult and I usually resist it at all costs. Dallas Willard has called silence and solitude the two most radical disciplines in the Christian life. Henri Nouwen said “without solitude it is almost impossible to live a spiritual life.” Pete Scazzero states that “If solitude is the practice of being absent to people and things to attend to God, silence is the practice of quieting every inner and outer voice to attend to Him.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens …” The rest of the passage lists things that there is a time and a season for. Things like:
- a time to weep and a time to laugh.
- a time to mourn and a time to dance.
- a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them.
- a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.
- a time to keep and a time to throw away.
- a time to tear and a time to mend.
- a time to be silent and a time to speak.
I would add my own item to this list: A time to blog and a time to stop blogging.
On August 8th, 2007 I entered this vast world called blogging. I had just come back from a 3 month forced sabbatical (i.e. medical leave) and I knew that I had a big journey ahead of me (and I still do!) I started this blog as an outlet to help me process everything that I was learning.
But all good things must come to an end.
I have decided to take an indefinite break from blogging.
This decision didn’t come easily but I recognize that I have lost some of my passion for blogging and it has become more of a chore than a joy. Also, I would like to invest my time in other things right now. I haven’t been reading as much lately and I would like to invest more time into that. Also, there is a lot of exciting things happening at the church that I am the pastor of and I want to be able to give my full attention there.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I have met some great people along the way and I am very appreciative of every one who has taken the time to read and comment. Thank-you!
There are four basic courses by which we can live. These may not be planned but they will be followed regardless. Every life follows a set of rules, a default of ideals that may have been caught more than taught. We have to look at each of these individually and intentionally choose our route. This one choice will alter your future once and for all and opting out will default you to one of the first three.
Worf is one of the most popular characters in the Star Trek world. And for good reason. He’s a powerful warrior but is also honorable and noble. Not to mention he’s hilarious in his own way.
The trailer’s editing and Kanye West music match the teaser for Martin Scorsese’s outrageous hit “The Wolf of Wall Street,” only it’s a montage of Worf’s surly lines and battle sequences.
Seriously, “The Worf Of Starfleet” would make for an awesome movie or TV series. I would watch it.
The whole thing is pretty silly but it’s well done.