Fresh Hope – 15th March 2019

Noise is trendy…solitude isn’t!

Spending time alone is now one of the biggest single threats that most Christians face. It’s not because we are consumed with being around people all day, but it’s more so that we have lost the art of being quiet.

You can be all alone and still not have solitude, even though there are no real life humans present. We have developed a lifestyle whereby we are constantly surrounded by the noise and influence of people on social media. It’s almost guaranteed that the average person cannot resist even more than a few minutes where there isn’t a device in their hands or earphones connecting them to some form of noise. If you really want to grow as a person and as a leader, and grow in your relationship with God, get comfortable with solitude.

Here are 5 thoughts that may help you to get your solitude back

1. Get up earlier. Even if it’s just 15 minutes earlier than you get up now, starting your day earlier allows you stillness that will otherwise elude you for the rest of the day. I personally aim to be ready and alone by no later than 7.15 am each day. Much earlier on some and a little later on others.

2. Plan solitude. When you book yourself some solitude, start with just a few minutes and work up to more over time. You will give yourself time to pray, think, reflect, imagine, dream, and rethink.

3. Find a hobby you do alone. I’ve found that going to the gym is a much-needed hobby at my age, or even taking a 30 minute walk whereby you just spend time with your own thoughts. Even if you start something for an hour a week, it will clear your mind.

4. Take a few hours to get away from town. More than ever before do I take my Bible and a notepad and drive several miles to grab a coffee on my own. There are plenty of places locally, but I find that it helps to get away from the familiar, even for a few hours undisturbed once a month. It can do wonders in helping to re-set your life.

5. Take a mid-day break. Turn the music off, turn off your phone and go sit somewhere. Even for ten minutes. Find a park bench. Sit by yourself. Sit in your car. When you are still, you will know that God is God.

Mark 1:35-37 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

Pastor Mark

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