Lessons in Victory

Musings of a young Christian and Conservative

Finding Victory in the Simple

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It’s a beautiful day in central Indiana: an incredibly mild 55 degrees, sparkling sunshine, and the soft crunch of leaves underneath your feet.  On clear mornings like this, the sun peeks over the horizon about the time I’m walking to my 8 o’clock class, and fields to the east begin to glisten as the dew reflects the morning’s first warm rays of sunlight.  You take a deep breath, and the crisp air clears your lungs before you exhale slowly, the visible vapor of your breath quickly dissipating.

It’s easy for me on mornings like this to thank God for waking me.  Whatever dark moments I have experienced recently seem so distant from the current condition; it’s a quick moment of invincibility.  Sometimes we are brought to our knees by life’s circumstances, yet we are refreshed and rejuvenated often by the most simple of events; we, in a sense, achieve victory over our present sufferings.  We talk with friends, emphasize the good in life, and count our blessings which, though they may seem somewhat diminished, are certainly not lacking in significance.

I’m guilty of it too, but our society has been so preoccupied with being stimulated; there is no time to do nothing.  If we are not doing something, we are wasting time, and time is money.  I think our obsession with doing things has forced out our once-instinctive desire for silence.  We even get upset when someone takes more than a few seconds to respond to something we say or ask.  I believe silence is imperative in conversation.  It allows the two parties to compose their thoughts, filter out any abusive or inappropriate ideas, and respond in   News outlets and entertainers seek to “shock” you and get a reaction from you; they want either pure ecstasy or unbridled rage.  This has become how we react even to our closest friends and family. I have based my procedure for communicating and listening on reacting and not responding.  It helps me to take a deep breath, and count until at least 3 before I even prepare to utter words.  I often take longer than that to compose myself, because I want to derive the best possible way to explain my feelings.

Perhaps listening is our most dire problem.  Our leaders in Washington seem to have trouble listening; perhaps they need to stop reacting and start responding, but I don’t want to delve into that very deeply today.  I want to talk about importance of finding a few minutes of silence every day.  These moments should be times of reverence–offering to God what is due to him, and appreciating His creation.  If we can do this, we are well on our way to becoming better listeners, because we  are practicing with the one we should listen to the most.

I’m not sure what you might hear, but I hear that we are going to be all right.  The Church will endure, America will endure, and I am quite positive that I shall as well.   All of this is possible with my firm foundation of friends and family, including my rock, the love of my life, the beautiful Nicole.

 

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Written by jakehutchison

November 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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