Do Nothing

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It is time for us to start setting goals.  Some of us have too many goals.  We want to do everything.  We want to achieve everything.  We imagine the perfect life, and the perfect life means getting more and more done.  If we just try a little harder, tweak the schedule, make better use of our time management devices, or sleep a little less, then we can do more.  So, we set our goals for the things we want to get done.  The goals we want to accomplish.


Maybe we need to set a goal of doing nothing.  Maybe we need a goal to set aside time for absolutely nothing.  Instead of squeezing one more thing into our already harried days, perhaps this year we should schedule in some nothing time.  The Bible says to, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10).  John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, wrote a Covenant prayer.  This prayer was a part of the Covenant service that is often held at the beginning of the new year.  The  prayer ask God in part to, “Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee”.


A little more laying aside time.  A little more still time.  A little more do nothing time.  These moments of inactivity allow God to work within us.  These moments of stillness allow our dreams to bubble up to our conscious thought.  Doing nothing allows us to experience being without doing.  This year, as you set your goals, consider a new goal: do nothing.