I want to think quietly and live loudly. What does it mean though? I suppose it could mean many things. But for me…

When I consider what it means to think quietly my mind lands on a couple of words.

Calm and Abide.

I tend to be a worrier. An over-thinker. I want to be 10 steps ahead of life because I don’t like surprises. My mind has trouble resting. My spirit has trouble being calm.

I looked up the meaning of “abide” and a few definitions really resonated with me. A biblical meaning I found stated “in the phrase ‘abide in me,’ Jesus is asking his followers to stay constant in their relationship to him.”

Other words defining “abide” were, “dwell” and “remain”. However, the one I like the most is “absorb”. Imagine living a life of absorbing Christ, taking Him in, soaking Him up on a daily basis. Even a moment by moment basis.

To think quietly, for me, means to do just that. Because if I can absorb Jesus every day, my mind and my spirit will find rest. Peace will find me. Digging into His Word every day and bending a knee daily in prayer are ways to develop an intimate relationship with the Lover of my soul. And when I live a life soaked in Jesus, I can better live loudly for Him.

So what does living loudly look like? For this weary gal it doesn’t mean shouting at the top of my lungs or making bold statements about my beliefs that draw attention. In living loudly I desire to live intentionally and passionately for Christ.  To be obedient to whatever He calls me to do.         To lead with faith instead of fear. To love unconditionally.

Living loudly means to run the race…”I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14

Think quietly. Live loudly.

What does it mean for you?