Celebration of Discipline :: Solitude

Slowly, but surely, I am making my way through this book. 🙂  Chapter seven deals with solitude…good stuff.

The Discipline of Solitude

“Our fear of being alone drives us to noise and crowds.”

“We can cultivate an inner solitude and silence that sets us free from loneliness and fear. Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment.”

“…the seeking out of solitary places was a regular practice for Jesus. So it should be for us.”

“…we must seek out the recreating stillness of solitude if we want to be with others meaningfully. We must seek the fellowship and accountability of others if we want to be alone safely. We must cultivate both if we are to live in obedience.”

“Without silence there is no solitude.”

“One reason we can hardly bear to remain silent is that it makes us feel so helpless. We are so accustomed to relying upon words to manage and control others. If we are silent, who will take control? God will take control, but we will never let him take control until we trust him. Silence is intimately related to trust.”

“The tongue is our most powerful weapon of manipulation. A frantic stream of words flows from us because we are in a constant process of adjusting our public image. We fear so deeply what we think other people see in us that we talk in order to straighten out their understanding.”

“One of the fruits of silence is the freedom to let God be our justifier. We don’t need to straighten others out.”

“…silence brings us to believe that God can care for us…”

“The dark night is one of the ways God brings us into a hush, a stillness so that he may work an inner transformation upon the soul.”

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