In Part I, I announced My One Word, Silence, for 2014, and the benefits I have found through my conversion to one word rather than a list of resolutions. Following is a list of how one word can help shape my character and draw me nearer to God if practiced diligently, keeping in mind it’s about progress, not perfection. And to think this list can happen from just one word. 🙂
1.) When I feel anger toward someone for their words or actions, whether they were intentional or not, remaining silent until I’ve had time to process and bring it before God will prevent me from spouting off with a comment I will likely regret later. And staying silent, not even so much as to comment under my breath to myself in the name of venting, will keep my thoughts clear. I believe that our thoughts become words, so if I say something unkind in a moment of emotion, whether to someone else or to myself, I’m allowing my thoughts to travel that path. Stopping a negative thought with a positive one before it flows into words, prevents those thoughts from germinated and growing wildly out of control, weeds choking out anything beautiful that has the potential to grow. And it’s impossible to feel anger when I’m being grateful to God for something He’s blessed me with.
2.) Taking a moment of silence before responding to a question that holds any weight gives enough time to invite God into the conversation. If I follow His lead, I can’t go wrong. In the presence of impulsivity and many spoken words, there is greater chance for sin.
3.) It’s in silence and stillness that God breathes answers to my questions, even those that are often unasked. If every waking moment is absorbed in sound, whether it be the television, radio, others or myself talking, there is no room for listening to His still, small voice. I enjoy listening to the K-LOVE radio station in my car, or WAY-FM, songs and spiritual words lifting me high. However, I have found that when I listen for it coming from Him, in silence, rather than through noise on the radio, it blankets my heart in peace that is incomparable to anything else. That being said, unless I think about the word “silence,” in a world that’s accustomed and conditioned to noise, I often run on auto pilot and turn my radio on without thinking. My one word reminds me to invite the silence into my day.
4.) Keeping my one word consciously and subconsciously close, invites my thoughts to be still, bringing them back to Him, riding that wave of peace. It’s a peace that is unmatched and one I discovered cannot be found anywhere except in close communion with God. Silence reminds me to take deep, slow, cleansing breathes throughout the day, keeping the chaos and noise to a tolerable minimum.
5.) Mindfulness of silence keeps me from reliving yesterday or jumping ahead to tomorrow, and keeps me living, fully experiencing, the here and now.
As I now prepare to sit quietly and enjoy a moment of silence before proceeding with my day, I wish you all a beautiful, peaceful year, journeying on your path to growth toward whatever it is you’re striving for.
Peace to you.