Discipleship Part XIX
In this series of posts, I am sharing some short thoughts from each chapter of Dallas Willard’s book The Great Omission and then some brief personal reflections.
Chapter Eighteen: Invitation to Solitude and Silence
Willard considers silence and solitude to be vital spiritual disciplines, because when we do nothing but be present to God, remembering He is God and we are not, we remember that this is His world.
One of the ways I regularly observe silence is by engaging in an ancient practice developed by St. Ignatius. John Ackerman made the Ignatius practice easy to remember by summarizing the five steps into three – Stop, Look and Listen. I see to take time regularly just to sit and stop. Remember that God is God. After taking about five minutes to stop from everything and quiet my soul, I think take some time to look. To look at the days events, think about the things that were life giving and life draining. Look at where I walked with Christ and where I choose not to walk with him. I take about five minutes to just look at my day. Then the last five minutes I take just to listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say to me in light of what I just looked at. I trust that the Holy Spirit will speak to me, give me a word, so that I might better be conformed to the image of Christ. Stop, look and listen. A great way to end a day.