When did life get so noisy?  As a child, I do not remember ever having to take time to “be still,” or “sit with my thoughts,” or “process things.” I know I did all of these, but I didn’t have to schedule it into my daily activities.  Life just happened.  Life was simple.

I was born in the early 80’s, so I know what life was like when it wasn’t so noisy.  Back in the day when we had a rotary phone, we played with Poggs and slap-bracelets, we did not have a computer in the house – only Atari, and we rode bikes outside all day until it was dark-which meant it was time for dinner.  Over the years, I have inevitably gained a few more responsibilities than I used to have as a child.  I’m thankful for these changes in my life, but I also want take a moment to consider how these changes are affecting my life.

If I’m honest, it’s rare to find a truly quiet moment in life. Here is a glimpse of what a typical day looks like for me:

  • When I wake up, I look at my phone…emails, messages, and notifications.
  • When I get in the car, I return phone calls, listen to music, and try not to break the speed limit too badly.
  • When I am working, I Skype with teams and interns, sit at a missions booth, or talk with anyone who is willing to listen to me share about Inca Link.
  • When I go to the gym, I stare in amazement at other peoples muscles, while the somewhat inappropriate music, keeps me pumped up.
  • When I am home, I procrastinate other responsibilities by doing chores around the house, talk with my roommates, texts my friends, or catch up on Words With Friends. 
  • When I am hanging out with {real live} friends, I generally like to go for a hike, and always regret it when I bring my phone with me, because it’s so tempting to me to look at it every time it buzzes.
  • When I get a free moment, I look at my never-ending “to-do list,” so that I can cross things off. Sometimes I even write things on there that I have already completed, just so that I can cross those off and have the feeling of accomplishment.
  • When I am winding down for the day, I may watch a show on Netflix, while texting, or scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

I’m sure this list sounds all too familiar to many of us, and I don’t even want to imagine what life with kids and a family would look like.  How are we functioning with all this noise?

One thing I didn’t mention, in the list above, is that I like to read. That is probably the quietest moment in my day, besides sleeping, if it happens at all. I have to be extremely intentional about setting this time aside, but unfortunately more days than I would like to admit, it gets replaced with something else.

I feel as though I am pretty intentional about how I spend my day and very few minutes I consider to be wasted.  Due to the fact that I work for a Christian organization, a lot of what I do may be considered to be “spiritual.”  But when I read this passage the other day in “My Utmost for His Highest,” by Oswald Chambers, the Lord convicted me.

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After sifting through all the words I didn’t understand, the line that stood out to me was “The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him…Are we being more devoted to service than to Jesus Christ?”

All this to say, life is noisy.  It’s getting noisier.  Is it all necessary?  Some of this noise I can’t remove from my life, but some of it I can.  I’m not a child anymore, so I have to be disciplined to schedule in those not-so-noisy times.  I want my life to be devoted to a relationship with Jesus, not to noise.