Chill Out!

Psalm 46:10 simply says, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” Notice the comma after “be still.” It means to stop, slow down, chill out. It is pretty obvious that the majority of us have allowed our culture to draw us into living extremely busy lives to the point that it is nearly impossible to focus our attention on what is really important. Consider the following:

l. Studies have shown that when we do two tasks at the same time we take about thirty percent of our attention off the primary task.

2. Whenever two people meet in today’s society, the odds say that one or the other will mention how busy they are.

3. In 1950 we had on average ten activities to choose from, while today that number is over a thousand. Things become even more complicated because most of these activities are either fun or worthy of our time.

4. The culture has convinced us that activity is all that counts and anything else is nothing more than laziness.

5. God created both activity and rest. In fact, He commends both of them. So, to live within the bounds of His will requires a balance of both.

The Bedouin shepherd lives in shabby box tents that dot the hillsides throughout Israel. When compared to our lives saturated with modern conveniences it seems as though they live a very difficult life. However, an interesting fact is that their average life span is more than 100 years. While the diets are made up of natural foods which contain no preservatives, that is not the secret to their longevity. The secret lies in their relatively stress free lives. Stress makes us sick, drives us crazy, and kills us some three decades before the majority of these shepherds.

The Bedouins rise from their tents slightly before sunrise and go about the work of their days. As the sun begins to set they gather as families in their tents for dinner. Then they will sit around sharing stories and singing. Each evening involves three to four hours of family time. Their work is very physical and tiring but their lives are relatively free from the noise of life. They routinely go to bed at the same time every night and enjoy deep restful and renewing sleep. As the Bedouins lie down all is quiet as they stare up at the clear star filled sky. Their minds are able to focus on the majesty of God and that is the last thought on their minds as they fall asleep.

Tim Woodward Smithville Church of Christ Smithville, TN via


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