Solitude and Serenity
by Charles R. Swindoll
Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
incline your heart to understanding.
An inner restlessness grows within us when we refuse to get alone [with God] and examine our own hearts, including our motives.
As our lives begin to pick up the debris that accompanies a lot of activities and involvements, we can train ourselves to go right on, to stay active, to be busy in the Lord's work.
Unless we discipline ourselves to pull back, to get alone for the hard work of self-examination in times of solitude, serenity will remain only a distant dream.
How busy we can become . . . and as a result, how empty! We mouth words, but they mean nothing. We find ourselves trafficking in unlived truths. We fake spirituality.
How easy to fall prey to meaningless talk, cliché-ridden responses, and mindless activities! It was never meant to be that way; but, more often than not, that's the way it is.
To break the habit, solitude is required. The hard work of self-examination on a recurring basis is absolutely essential.
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