Quotations and Reflections 2

Slowly I have realized that I do not have to be qualified to do what I am asked to do, that I just have to go ahead and do it, even if I can’t do it as well as I think it ought to be done. This is one of the most liberating lessons of my life. ~ Madeleine L’Engle (And It Was Good)

It’s nice when you realize some accomplished person whom you really admired struggled with the same feelings of inadequacy. The important thing then, is not whether or not we believe we’re qualified, but that we just forge ahead with the task at hand. And then we stand back and marvel at how God steps in and fills in the gaps.

Quotation and Reflections 1

I came across this quote a while ago and it really resonated with me:

What deadens us most to God’s presence within, I think, is the inner dialogue that we are engaged in within ourselves, the endless chatter of human thought. I suspect that there is nothing more crucial to true spiritual comfort than being able from time to time to stop that chatter, including the chatter of spoken prayer. – Frederick Buechner

I can so relate to that “inner dialogue” thing. Not that there’s anything wrong with thinking, certainly a God-given part of our makeup. But yes, at times, it does tend to drown out everything else. At first, I had to pause at the part about spoken prayer, but I’d have to agree that at times, my prayer is just that – chatter. I so easily forget the other part of the conversation – listening.

So does this ring true for you at all? If so, how have you found ways to balance the “inner dialogue” with making room for God’s presence and voice in your life?