As we continue part four of our series this week on finding a balance in life during the holidays, we continue to focus on what’s called ‘inward disciplines.’
Pastor Barry J. Keurulainen, Senior Pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church and School in Cabot, explained that both outward and inward disciplines are needed to find a true balance in life.
When we talked about inward disciplines, he said two key points were finding solitude and silence. “Solitude is when we pull away alone, but there can be noise. Silence is silence…you turn off the TV. You turn off the computer. You unplug,” Pastor Keurulainen says. He says the problem is that we feel guilty when we do that.
So, in order to find the moments of solitude and silence, Pastor Keurulainen says that the effort needs to be intentional. He says even if you work in an office, you can give yourself a break; decide to shut the door to your office and “for three minutes say ‘I’m going to just have quiet and silence’.”
We also talked about one other aspect of inward disciplines and that was fasting …not necessarily from food, but from technology.
We’ll talk about that tomorrow.
You can find St. Luke Lutheran, Cabot online at www.stlukecabot.org.
Written By: Tracey Morgan for the Butler Radio Network