There was a great quote in a movie that I saw this weekend. The only critique I would have of the movie (which was the new Karate Kid by the way) would be that they didn’t call Jackie Chan Mr. Miagi. Oh well…I guess that’s not that big of deal. The line that stood out to me was when Jackie Chan said: “There is a big difference between doing nothing, and being still”. It instantly sent my thoughts to when the Bible talks about a Sabbath. A lot of times, I fill my “day off”, the day that was created and meant for me to be refueled and refreshed in the Lord, with nothing-ness activities. And while these activities may be fun, they often leave me drained and yearning for something more. Crazy that Jackie Chan would challenge me to what the answer is. It’s a matter of intentionally being still. Not about simply doing nothing. Being still takes initiative, takes planning, takes focus, and takes prayer. Nothing takes just that…nothing. But it also fills you with just that…nothing. Here’s me and Mr. Miagi’s challenge for you today: pick a time this week, preferably on your identified Sabbath day…to be still before the Lord. Take initiative to be silent, journal, study his word, pray, meditate, love, and trust. Take a time to meet with Jesus.
~Deep thoughts by a Shallow guy~