Well, November is upon us already and, traditionally, it’s a month in which we pause to remember and give thanks to those who suffered and died so we might live in a world at peace.
As I write this, I’ve just come back from a silent retreat during which I pressed the pause button on the remote control of my life. I needed to stop and be still before God in order to review everything I was doing, restore my relationship with Him and deepen my inner peace.
You see, if we’re not careful, we find ourselves so busy doing things that we don’t have time to just be. Being still before God and at peace deep inside ourselves is important for us all. Otherwise, we start to do things in our own strength rather than in God’s strength.
I took with me a book by Bill Hybels called “Simplify – ten practices to unclutter your soul”. In it, he explores ten areas of our lives we might need to look at to free us up and to help stop the interference that can sometimes get in the way between us and our relationship with God.
He gives practical advice based on biblical principles as to how we can replenish our energy reserves; manage our diaries and finances; deal with our anxieties; refine our working world; make room for forgiveness and deepen our relational circles so that we can concentrate on what’s really important - our relationship with God, our family and the people he’s placed around us.
No small task - and not for the faint hearted - but if you’re feeling overwhelmed at the moment, I can thoroughly recommend it.