Then there is one other voice that often speaks loudly inside our heads: the voice of self-criticism and negativity. This voice is the one that yells at us after a bad day, "You are no good. You should just give up." This is the voice that says, "Why do you keep trying? You haven't succeeded yet, why go on?" This is the voice that says, "Why should you do anything? The problems of the world are way too big for you to be able to make any meaningful contribution!" When we listen to this voice we can easily become discouraged. We stop giving our best efforts.
We, as Christians, have a ready-made antidote to the way our modern culture and the voices of negativity would distract us. The antidote is silence and prayer. Listen to these words from Mother Theresa:
We all must take the time to be silent and to contemplate, especially those who live in big cities like London and New York, where everything moves so fast ... I always begin my prayer in silence, for it is in the silence of the heart that God speaks. God is the friend of silence - we need to listen to God because it's not what we say but what He says to us through us that matters. Prayer feeds th soul - as blood the body, prayer is to the soul." (A Simple Path, p. 7)
So this week, be sure and take time for reading scripture. And take time for being in silence. That means turn all the noise off and be alone with God. And driving is not the time to be in silence, because you will find that the other drivers draw you attention away from God. When you take time for silence and scripture, God will help you to see yourself and your world differently. You will find a greater sense of peace and potential for your life. I encourage you to start today, and I will see you on Sunday.