Start by doing nothing

Where is the book section for New Christians asked Gene Edwards when he walked into a huge Christian bookshop filled to the rafters with volumes. He got the reply – there wasn’t one! He goes on got say that the few books he did eventually find were inane, useless, shallow or cursed by scholarship!


Maybe you have had the same experience. Certainly starting out on your personal journey with Jesus can seem daunting. However, it need not be – certainly, he doesn’t want it to be that way.


In fact, the first step is the easiest – and that is to do nothing. By that I mean the best way to encounter God is to be still and quiet and let him speak to you.


For whether we’re sitting at our desks, relaxing at home or waiting in queue, we all have the opportunity from time to time to pause and adjust our perspective even for a few moments.


Specifically,  Barbara Ann Kipfer advises we need to take a break occasionally so as to be kinder — both to ourselves and others. That also means being kinder to Christ who is chasing you round your diary.

She advises:

  •  Just “become a human still life.” Don’t do anything. Just breathe.
  • Focus solely on the experience of living at peace.
  • Listen for the quietest sound.

Maybe then we will hear something else – the voice of a searching God. If so, you have been found.

Worshipper worshipping in the light of Christ
Finding in the light of Christ


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