Importance of SOLITUDE!

One of the most underrated habits in our busy lifestyles is solitude. I am a big believer in the principle that says, before you can effectively lead others, you need to lead yourself. Solitude is one of the ways we lead ourselves so that we can be far more effective in our relationships and tasks.

The habit of solitude is being completely alone with God away from all human contact for extended periods of time. It is counter-cultural and challenging to our contemporary way of life with mobiles, computers, TV, music, radio, kids, school, friends, travel, work, church, etc… BUT it is necessary and needed. Solitude is being refeshed and restored by the natural rhythms of life and taking time to listen to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus modeled solitude throughout his earthly ministry. Before starting his ministry Jesus spent 40days in the wilderness praying and fasting. Before Jesus selected his disciples, he spent the night alone in prayer. When Jesus received the news about John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a secluded place to be alone. After ministering to over 5,000 people and moving in signs and wonders Jesus retreated to the hills to be by himself.

Success, the roar of the crowd, demands and urgent tasks can be intoxicating to our sense of self-worth but if we are to live for the audience of 1 and stay on mission for our entire lives we need to schedule time into our lives to be quiet and still before God.

Your best creativity won’t be realised in times of stress and conflict. Your best creativity will be expressed out of times of reflection, stillness and meditative thinking. In other words solitude is the master key to living life to the fullest. You can only pull out of the well what you have put in there. You can’t spend your time with everyone and expect to continually be a blessing to them. The axe (being you) grows dull without constant sharpening. Solitude with God sharpens you up and prepares you for a greater contribution to the world.

Lead the Change!

3 Responses to “Importance of SOLITUDE!”

  1. Rach Wallace Says:

    I LOVE this! I think it is a major secret to success and quite frankly, one of the only ways we can survive in such a fast paced society. We travel, multi-task and attempt and complete more in one day than generations before us did in a whole week. No wonder we are over-worked, over-stressed and addicted to quick-fixes. Regular solitude is a spring shower for the spirit. Its funny how hard it can be to be alone, your mind tends to wander, you can feel restless, but learning the art of still is vital to life and vitality and connection to God.
    I feel both inspired and rested just reading this post!! lol

  2. Perfect timing…I’m going down to Portsea this weekend! Looking forward to coming back refreshed, refocused and reenergised for the big couple of weeks ahead!

    Isn’t it gr8 how Jesus modeled exactly how we should live life …It’s good to have the answers…not we’ve just gotta apply them!

    Have a gr8 day in the city 🙂

  3. joanne lucarelli Says:

    Great word Corey!

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