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Thought Catalog

1. Writing things by hand. Letters to friends, lists for the store, goals for the week, notes for lovers, thank you cards and memos to coworkers. Digital communication is easy and convenient but ask anybody: there’s a huge difference between texting someone to say that you love them and hope they have a great day and writing it on a note and leaving it next to their bed.

2. Savoring time to do nothing. Taking a cue from pre-industrialized society and cultures that enjoy siestas and long, drawn-out, sit-down teas that serve no other purpose than to spend time enjoying the time you have.

3. Thinking before responding. We’ve become too conditioned to require things immediately. Someone asks a question, and we have to respond that second. Such was not the case before instant messaging and comment threads. A sign of true intelligence and confidence, I think, is someone who…

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It was only a few minutes ago when I was sitting at the kitchen table, looking at my phone and meandering online.

My phone was laying on top of my Bible which had been there from my morning quiet time.

I asked myself, “Naomi, what the heck are you doing? You’re using precious time up. The Bible is right there in front of you.”

How many times do we do this? The Bible is right before our eyes, but instead we opt for our phone, or some other distraction.

Ironically, this morning I read Proverbs 4:23, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” (NASB).

DILIGENCE: Constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.

If we carry on with our days continually doing whatever we’re doing because it’s what the world does, and we never take into consideration that we could be making better use of our time, how unfortunate is that life???

A life full of Christ is beautiful and lively! He has created our heart anew! Why wouldn’t we want to spend time in the Bible?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. John 1:1-4 (NIV)

I want to challenge both of us.

Let us use our time wisely. Let us ardently seek to know Jesus. Let us ardently seek with a diligence free of distraction.

Precious time is out there. Don’t miss out.

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Characters

I have a tendency to imagine myself outside of reality. I imagine myself as characters. Anne Shirley, and her honest to goodness, spunky personality enraptures the handsome, understanding Gilbert Blythe. What about Elizabeth Bennet and her dislike for the noble Mr. Darcy, who in return is ardently and passionately in love? Or, I think of Mary Scudder from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s, The Minister’s Wooing. Mary, a young woman striving to live her life solely for God, thinking she lost her only love, cuts herself off from the community. Prompted by her mother’s doing, she agrees to marry the town’s minister out of what she believed to be, revered duty. When her only love is ascertained alive, however, she discovers her heart has been wildly lost with him.

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My head is in the clouds with these characters and their zeal for what quickens their hearts.

The daily routine of life can be incredibly monotonous.

I never want to succumb to the monotonous living that society basks in today.

Embarrassingly, Monotony has pulled me way down, deep, deep, and further yet.

I find myself viewing what the world views. I find myself listening to what the world listens to. I find myself giving in to the lies this world believes. I find myself thinking like the world thinks. I find myself acting like the world acts. When I find myself living like the world, shame knocks at my door.

Jesus Christ did not intend for us to live a monotonous life, succumbing to the horrid way of life around us.

He came so that we may have life in abundance (John 10:10). He loves us. He loves us a great deal.

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He loves me. I dare not imagine why. I think ill of Him entirely too often.

“Praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the grave”

And I feel, mingled with my indolence and love of ease and pleasure, some drawings toward a higher and better life. There is one thing I can do, and that is to pray that Jesus would do for me what He did for the blind man—put His hands yet again upon my eyes and make me to see clearly. And I will. Elizabeth Prentiss

As I continually think of myself as characters, my head is often in the clouds. Unfortunately, I am intimidated by genuine reality.

Nonetheless, I would rather have my head in the clouds, seeking adventure, rather than monotonously living like the world.

If you have never known what a “Naomi Ramble” sounds or looks like, now you know.

All my love to you, dear friend.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. {e. e. cummings}

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