Life is busy. We live in a world of instant gratification and constant activity; and if we’re not careful, we get caught up in the “Go! Go! Go!” mentality, living life jumping from one big event to the next. As soon as one church activity, work function, or family gathering is over, we wonder when the next will be. What do I have to look forward to now that that’s done? What fun and exciting thing can I be involved in now? What’s next?

What a quick and surefire way to get burned out! Though busyness is a part of life, and there never seems to be enough hours in the day, we all need time to rest and recharge. There are hundreds of verses in the Bible in which the Lord instructs to be still, to rest, to meditate, to be at peace, or to wait. This tells us that stillness—quiet time spent alone with God, away from the world—is an important part of the Christian life, one that unfortunately often gets dropped to the bottom of the priority list amidst the hustle and bustle of life. 

So Christmas and New Year’s are over…what’s next? Although we certainly look forward to this new year and all the opportunities it holds to serve the Lord and spread the gospel, and we most definitely believe in work and in having a vision for the future, we also must have a time each day to be still. What now? What’s next? Take the advice God gave David in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God…” and in Psalm 4:4, “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

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Lauren Morris

Lauren Morris, GSBC Professor

Mrs. Lauren Morris is a graduate of North Valley Baptist Schools and Golden State Baptist College. She is an integral faculty member of her college alma mater and is responsible for training the next generation in the subjects of English, education, and music. Mrs. Morris is also heavily involved in the music ministry of North Valley Baptist Church and has been faithfully serving on staff for many years.