Pastor’s Pen – 5 July 2020

Shalom. May you take time to draw away from the busyness that can surround you. 

As I’ve spent longer in ministry I have discovered that I have enjoyed my own company more. I’ve gone from being a mild extrovert to a mild introvert. Times on my own used to worry me but now I enjoy them. I love this thought from John Ortberg…

Life, like Ministry, must be done in a rhythm of engagement and withdrawal. Wise followers of Christ have always understood solitude to be the foundational practice. 
Jesus engaged in it frequently. But what makes it so important? Solitude is the one place where we gain freedom from the forces of society that otherwise relentlessly mould us. It is (in one old phrase) the “furnace of transformation.”

Dallas Willard noted an experiment done with mice a few years ago. A researcher found that when amphetamines are given to a mouse in solitude, it takes a high dosage to kill it. Give it to a group of mice, and they start hopping around and hyping each other up so much that a fraction of the dosage will be lethal—so great is the effect of “the world” on mice. In fact, a mouse given no amphetamines at all, placed in a group on the drug, will get so hyper that in 10 minutes or so it will be dead. “In groups,” Willard noted, “they go off like popcorn.”

You’d think only mice would be so foolish as to hang out with other mice that are so hyped up, so frantically pursuing mindless activity for no discernible purpose that they put their own lives at risk.
Citation: John Ortberg, “Keeping Your Clock Ticking,” Leadership Weekly (8-29-02).

Enjoy your times of quiet.

Bless ya 

Mike Walker