GOD-CENTERED STILLNESS

IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF INSTANT COMMUNICATION, constant motion, and increasing demands, stillness and calm might seem quaint anachronisms. A recent, much discussed article in The New York Times spotlighted "blogger burnout." The article referred to the current "digital-era sweatshop" in which an army of independent workers toil under "great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy" (Matt Richtel, The New York Times, April 6, 2008). Although the article was immediately repudiated by many bloggers who happily supply a steady stream of information to loyal readers, others agreed with the article's sentiment. They expressed fear for their own health in their drive to generate more and more content for an increasingly insatiable audience.

How can we avoid the frustration that comes from information overload crowding out time for quiet contemplation? How can we find time for God? I think the first step is learning that we don't have to mentally consent to the thought that our cultural environment defines how we think or who we are.

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