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This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: QUIET

 

quiet

 

I admit, I used to be far more caught up with trying to build a platform, gain an audience for future writing projects, make my voice heard. I still believe we are called to use the gifts we’ve been given and the resources that are available to us to make His name known, but in recent months I’ve come to appreciate more and more the appeal of living a “peaceful and quiet life.”

The pull toward increased visibility on social media, “likes,” comments, and surges in website traffic has diminished in favor of the pull toward minding my own business, living my life without posting a photo of it on Instagram, and having meaningful in-person conversations without having to blog about it.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m still a strong supporter and champion of publicly sharing what God has laid on your heart to share. It’s just that in this season of my life, I’d rather be more present with the people in front of me than my screen.

The Lord has further impressed this on my heart through two recent readings from Scripture, on two different days in the same week:

First, from 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12:

Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

Then again from Proverbs 17:27-28:

27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
    and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
    when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Am I aspiring to live quietly? Am I minding my own affairs? Am I finding joy in working with my hands? Am I restraining my words? Do I have a “cool spirit”?

I know I have a long way to go, but I believe it’s a worthy goal, with God’s help.

 

STOP.

 

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