HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL- Aug. 31, 2016-SOLITUDE
Compiled by Holy Heretic Benjamin Foster
“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” –Albert Einstein
The need for solitude to converse with God is a core concept of Christianity and is an absolute must in keeping ourselves spiritually healthy. However, as with all things, a level of temperance must be kept when seeking solitude. Though solitude can stimulate the creative mind and allow you to reach a level in your relationship with God that is unreachable without the practice, too much alone time can have negative repercussions.
Knowing when to seek solitude and converse with God and when to be out in the world taking action is something on which to pray and meditate. I firmly believe that this varies from person to person, bu,t that each of us have important lessons to learn from sitting quietly by ourselves with God as well as from worshiping, testifying, and being together. Finding this middle ground in our own lives, with God’s help, can help us live well rounded spiritual lives.
Temperance is the key to many different aspects of a healthy relationship with God and it applies to solitude as well. Knowing when to be alone and when to take action is a wisdom that comes from practice, prayer, and accepting God’s will. We should plan our actions while praying and meditating alone and then going out in grace, fulfilling them according to that will.
Today’s Action: Plan out your time for solitude as well as for time spent with your friends, family, and your faith community. Meditate on temperance when planning both. Too much time spent alone as well as too much time spent without solitude can have damaging effects spiritually. Find the right balance for you.
Today’s Sharing: Share the lessons you’ve learned and the plans you’ve made while sitting in quiet solitude with God.