Don’t look behind my TV. It’s a fine TV – not as big as some, but it does play Lakers games in stunning HD and we are grateful to have the technology. Every now and then, I need to move the TV for some reason – and invariably I will find a Chinese puzzle of wires and chords and dust. Each time I vow to simplify the system and then a few months later, I find myself with the same tangled dusty mess. Where does dust come from anyway?
Talking about the contented heart, puritan author, Jeremiah Burroughs suggested that the contented heart is “opposed to distracting, heart consuming cares.” He continues, “A gracious heart so esteems its union with Christ and the work that God sets it about that it will not willingly suffer anything to come in to choke or deaden it.”
The idea here is that a contented man or woman puts first things first. The myriad of things that need to get settled in my heart before I settle down and set my heart on the Lord is an exhaustive list.
Words with friends words made and victory assured
Fantasy Football team checked – make sure no injuries and consider how to improve team
Feel guilty about not working out more
This excludes the usual cares of parenting, husbanding, doing well at work, Laker games, soccer games, softball games…
The contented heart is an undistracted heart. Are you listening TV? In this ADD world, where music is constantly going, information is constantly flowing, sports talk radio is always on in my car and kids who never stop requesting…there is little room in my life to be still – to quiet my soul.
Psalm 32:9 “Do not be as the horse or mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise they would not come to you.”
Psalm 62:1 “Only in God is my soul at rest”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:29 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Rest for my soul. That sounds delicious. But too often, I find myself in the position of horse and mule. Stubborn, like my son who I know needs to rest but doesn’t. How many times have I known that I am exhausted and ready for bed, but I pick up the remote and flip through channels looking for entertainment? Jerry Seinfeld quipped that the last part of the body to fall asleep is in fact the finger that works the remote.
The discontented soul is distracted and weary from all the distractions while at the same time helplessly addicted to them.
So I am open to suggestions as a restless mule in recovery, I could use your help. How have you been successful at unplugging, removing distractions, settling your heart and enjoying soul satisfying rest in God?