I don’t know about you, but it’s often hardest for me to be mindful of the possible “what ifs” of my life (taking the time to dream and know that the Lord wants to encourage me in adventurous living) when I am frantically busy.
A number of our staff and church recently went to the Willow Creek Leadership Summit. One of the speakers was Shauna Niequist. She vulnerably shared her journey of discovering the way to a life-changing practice of being present in the middle of ordinary, messy, challenging life. Shauna’s journey to slow down led her to write her most recent book – Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic For a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living.
It seems my life is busier now than ever – at a time when most people are slowing down (yes, I have reached that magical Medicare number recently). I love living with lots to do and am not really excited by the word “retire” at all. However, I am becoming more aware of my deep need to live every day on purpose … to learn to say “no” more so I am able to listen to the Lord’s still, small voice beckoning me with the “what if’s” for today and my future. As a result, Shauna’s book has been a great read for me personally.
Maybe it’s because we are both pastor’s daughters (Shauna is Bill Hybel’s daughter), I could easily connect with her struggle to “be good” or to step up to someone else’s ideas for her life. Like Shauna, I’m learning to walk away from what others have said “should” be part of my life in favor of what I truly love… what my soul is hungering for… how it feels to be in congruence with how God has made me and living out my purpose.
I resonate with her “In seasons of deep transformation, silence will be your greatest guide…It’s where you will become used to your own voice, your agency, your authority….Silence will become the incubator for your newfound spirit, keeping it safe, growing it steadily.” Just like my need for water, I am discovering my own need to be still for my personal growth.
Present Over Perfect is a great read! – Judi Brandow, Communications Specialist