Friday, April 30, 2010

Too Many Voices


I want to nurture my spirit.

Sometimes, the sheer quantity of choices causes me to flounder. I have hundreds of books, most of them deep, spiritual and non-fiction. I have access to hundreds (if not thousands and millions) of resources online, from sermons to articles to thought provoking blogs. And yet here I sit, listless. Acedia lurks.

What would we do if we only had the Bible? Would we really be worse off for it?

Don't get me wrong. I truly appreciate so many of the things I have been discussing. And they all have their place. But I can't help but get a little overwhelmed sometimes.

Sometimes even the Bible overwhelms me.

I pick it up, wanting to read words of life, receive nourishment. But I stare at it, unopened, and wonder what I should read. And then I get frustrated with myself because I don't have more enthusiasm about it.

I want to want to. But I don't want to.

I have tens of books partly read.

I need some follow through. And yet, I don't know where to start.

That's when I wonder if perhaps, possibly, there might be a few too many voices clamouring for my attention. Maybe some of them need to be silenced for a wee bit, give me time to focus on the best things.

I have plotted and planned and made goals and spreadsheets before, trying to organize the scattered projects in my mind. I am not very interested in doing this again. Rather, I am going to simplify.

Instead of feeling the need to read, study, and write about a million things, I will pare down, and focus on a couple of the most important things. And let the rest drop.

For now, anyway.

He makes all things beautiful in His time.
holy experience

1 comment:

  1. Tuning out the many voices...so hard to do but so needful. I've learned listening to so many voices is a constant struggle and something I have to continually guard against. May God bless you as you seek His wisdom about what He'd have you focus on. Have a beautiful weekend. :)

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