Wisbit - May 2014
Quieting Our “Inner Committee”
Listening to the voice of God is not always listening to the loudest voice in our minds.
Do your thoughts ever contradict themselves? Tell that person you’re praying for them. There you go trying to sound spiritual again.
Many of us seem to have a “committee” of different selves living in our heads. Each member has an agenda and puts forth that agenda. So when we try to be still or just be quiet, these committee members step forward and yammer at us. Even if we escort them to the door of our minds and shut that door, they show up in full dress, pounding away. Here are some typical scenes in which these committee members interrupt our times of conversation with God and make it difficult to be quiet.
As you sit in silence:
These are not the voice of God nudging us. They often may imitate people we have loved and revered - the well-meaning but whiny, grouchy relative; the demeaning, demanding teacher. They represent our inner neediness yet to be healed. They sometimes echo the trends of our culture: grab more, achieve more, do something. If you have this committee in your head, don’t be discouraged. It’s only a sign that you’re human.
Facing and quieting these committee members is a part of our spiritual formation. First, it helps to name our committee members. You may want to draw a rectangle to represent a table where the committee members sit, and then write their names around that table. Then, think of what truth combats each one. For example, the Critic needs to be told that we grow with “progress, not perfection” (Phil 2:13). These truthful answers become replacements for their voices. These replacements are the truths we need to soak in today to move us away from the debilitating things that drive us and nudge us toward God who is eager to embrace us and transform us into the person we want to become. This movement toward the “mind of Christ” maybe the most important, life-altering thing we do today.
Grace and peace,
© Jan Johnson excerpted and chapter 10 of When the Soul Listens.
© Jan Johnson - For permission to reprint, http://janjohnson.org/reprints.html
If you have trouble viewing this email or would like to view other Wisbits from Jan Johnson,
please visit http://janjohnson.org/wisbits_archive.html
You are receiving this email because you are on our mailing list.
If you would like to unsubscribe, please visit http://www.janjohnson.org/wisbits.html or reply with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.