Have you ever really thought about the name given to our species? Human beings? It’s quite a bit different than how it seems we are living life here on earth. If we’re honest… we probably should be called Human Doers!
Here’s a tough question for you to ponder as you read this post… when was the last time you let yourself just “be”? You know… not having to accomplish anything, nothing new to learn, no agenda, no expectations, not having to measure time as worthwhile in the world’s eyes… just watching, listening, and moving as the circumstances lead. I don’t know about you, but sometimes thinking about just “being” gives me cold sweats! But sadly, we’ve been taught… and we teach those around us… that just “being” isn’t the way to live.
But that’s what people need. We need it in our relationship with God, with our spouses, and especially with our kids. Even outside of our immediate families, people need to be heard and given uninterrupted, focused attention… to truly feel care. Being fully present with no agenda except to “be” is an amazing gift that we can give to everyone around us. What a difference it makes and how little it really costs.
I’d like you to think about a time when you experienced or gave that gift of uninterrupted, fully present time. What happened? Every time that I’ve experienced or shared that gift, everything changed. There was more hope, more joy, more peace, more contentment… a true sense of not being alone no matter what the circumstance.
I would encourage you this week to just “be” with someone you care about. What a blessing that will be to both of you!
Something else I’d like you to consider. We’ve been given a great example and model in Jesus. He came to earth… gave up all it meant to be the Creator and the Lord of lords just to “be” with us… so we could have life. While He walked on this earth, we saw him spending time with the Father, taking time with the children, listening and responding to the cries for help, and being patient with people who just didn’t get it. Thank goodness He did that for us! It’s in His strength. It’s in the knowledge that He is the one that gives us strength and insight that we can just “be” for others. Try it this week and then please share your story. It will make a difference!
Some scriptures to ponder…
Psalm 46:10 (ESV) Be still, and know that I am God.
Psalm 37:7 (ESV) Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
James 1:19 (ESV) Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger