Thursday's Thoughts: Silence & Solitude

Series Introduction: This weekly series is designed to accomplish a few things. First, we hope it encourages you to pause and reflect – even if it’s only for a few minutes. Reflection is a needed practice for developing discernment, so we hope these posts assist with that. Second, we hope youth workers and parents use these posts to foster discussion. Whether it’s at the dinner table or talking at a coffee shop, read these short quotes alongside your child or student to encourage discussion on a deeper level.

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On the importance of silence and solitude…

Recognize that our culture conditions us to be comfortable with noise and crowds, not with silence and solitude…This is confirmed by the inability of many to ever be at home or in the car by themselves without turning on some “background noise.” Unlike previous generations, technology now makes it possible for us to enjoy the benefits of the news, music, educational content, and more whenever we want and wherever we are. But the downside is that the appeal and accessibility of these things means the elimination of almost all quiet spaces in our lives. More than any generation in history we must discipline ourselves to enjoy the blessings of silence and solitude. Therefore, be careful not to let the world prejudice you against the biblical witness on the importance of these matters.

-Donald Whitney

Questions for reflection:

  1. What do you think about the above quote?
  2. Do you agree that this “culture conditions us to be comfortable with noise and crowds?” Why?
  3. Do you think silence and solitude are important? Why?
  4. When was the last time you sat in silence and solitude?
  5. Do you think silence and solitude would be something you’d enjoy?
Posted by John Perritt at 7:22 AM