By Ron Cook

Ron and his wife Rodetta have been married for 41 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Ron ministers to hundreds of pastors annually through mentorship, counseling, and by phone. He has been a Pastor for 40 years and understands the stress of ministry, and wants to share his longevity in ministry with other pastors and help them finish well.

    Be Still

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    I would not have been called a hyperactive child because of physical activity, but if there was a diagnosis of mental hyperactivity, I would probably have fit into that category. It seemed that my mind was constantly living out stories. I was always thinking about this and that. I was constantly processing anxiety, rejection, feelings of inferiority and insecurity, which were all normal adolescent and teenage thoughts and feelings. But the thinking and feelings formulated in those early years, now carry over into adulthood.

    As I approach my 6th decade of life, I am learning the rejuvenating importance of “being still.” As Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” When I practice this on a regular basis, I find that those early childhood patterns of thinking, which by the way are still present, begin to lose their power and influence. It is out of those disciplined, yet refreshing times of being still in His presence, that I can enjoy Philippians 4:7: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

    When was the last time you focused on being still to allow God to speak His truth into your mind and heart? May I encourage you to “be still” and allow God to speak truth, and think on what is true.

    Philippians 4:4-9: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

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