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Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Getting to Where We Belong

Getting to Where We Belong

Getting to Where We Belong

Henri Nouwen writes, “We want be fully occupied, to know that because we are busy people something important is happening in our lives. And if we are not occupied then we are at least preoccupied—filled with concern about things that have not yet come about or have already come about. We fill our inner space with worry about things that might happen and guilt about things that have already happened. And beneath our worry and our guilt there is a deep fear of empty spaces. When we create empty space, we make room for something to happen to us that we cannot predict, something that might be really new and lead us to places we would rather not go.” (John 21:15-19)

Nouwen has seemingly captured my life in this snapshot of reality. Has he captured yours? Are you like me in that you find worth in your busyness, which translates into feeling worthless when you are not busy? I justify my busyness by making sure much of it is doing for others. I thought about this the other day when I was cutting my neighbor’s grass because he had a knee replacement and was in rehab. Upon seeing what I had done, my next door neighbor complimented me for my action and then commented on how busy I always was. “Idleness is the devil’s workshop,” one of my older members in York, S.C. used to say. Doug Holm, our member who directs Cabbage Patch, said they kept the kids busy because it kept them out of trouble. Busyness can be a good thing but we might want to stop and ask, “Am I staying busy in order to glorify God or am I staying busy because I fear the empty spaces?”

Nouwen will go on to say that we need the spiritual disciplines in our lives in order to honor the empty spaces because these empty spaces are where God meets us. Solitude then leads us into true community and then to compassionate ministry. This then makes possible our being led to those places God needs us most and to the ministries God needs us most to do.

In essence it all begins by our overcoming our fear of not being in control and then surrendering that control to God.

John

1 Comment

  1. How is HB helping it’s members learn more about the value of solitude?

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