Shhh, Come Closer
Rememeber when you were a kid and your parent or grandparent would tell you to use your ‘indoor voice’? Do you do that to your kids today, or did you used to do that to your kids? I remember my first day student teaching in Savannah trying to quiet a loud room? It was difficult, at best, to get kids attention then, and sometimes, it’s difficult to get an adults attention. And to yell above the crowd usually doesn’t work either. It’s more effective to calm the crowd with a shhh. A whisper tends to calm kids and it subconsciously makes adults lean in. Someone else whispers to us; to quiet, calm us and bring us closer still.
You’ve heard me say often to Be the Message – just show up and be there. It’s more about you in the presence and less what you say – be still, silent and connect. Part of the journey to a successful life, regardless how you measure it, is recognizing and being able to drown out or quiet the noise. When our lives are filled with noise, we lessen our senses, our habits of being and of doing. I’m a fan of Mark Batterson, writer and speaker, and one of his books Whisper is a great read for you this summer – check it out.
“We run the risk of turning into human doings rather than human beings.” – Mark Batterson
When we are going 100mph to nothing with our hair on fire, if we’re not careful, we lose our sense of rhythm. I’m as guilty of this pace as the next person, too. Physically, we can lose our sense of balance at this pace, which is a function of the inner ear. Part of a healthy work-life rhythm is knowing when to slow down, get still and come closer. Get it together together and get it back in order. It takes very little to distract us, and the answer is to come closer and listen for it. The whisper – the still small voice.
I’m not subscribing to or am a proponent of ‘passive waiting’ or ‘proactive listening’. You must #GoDeeper. When you have the awareness, understand how to avoid the hurry and adopt an alternative such as come closer, His voice gets a little louder in our lives until He’s all we can hear.
‘If you want to hear the heart of God, silence is key. If you want the Spirit of God to fill you, be still.’ – Mark Batterson