Old Production Takes From an Old Guy

Be Still…

Those of use who proudly claim the moniker “Geek” are a rare breed. We’re different from most people around us. Almost every geek I know surely has input as a key strength (if you’re not familiar with StrengthsFinder 2.0, check it out). We’re constantly listening to music or podcasts; watching TV or movies; reading or updating blogs; posting and following Twitter or Facebook; messing around with new software on our computers; reading trade magazines and industry websites; talking geek with other geeks. And that’s in our time off. When we’re working we add to that list mixing or editing audio; creating video and graphics; programming lighting; preping presentation graphics; scheduling and leading volunteer teams; generally being creative and producing moments of great artistry in our auditoriums and sanctuaries. We’re a busy lot, and for the most part, we like it that way.

Most geeks I know thrive on being busy and under some level of pressure. We don’t like the status quo. When we have our systems in place and running smoothly, we have a sudden urge to tear the entire system apart–all in an effort to make it “1” better.

Those of use who work in churches are on a constant cycle of deadlines. In addition to Sundays (which come with frightening regularity), we have the high holidays and usual ministry cycle. It seems that our calendars are broken down into quarters that have us always preparing for the next big event. It never stops. And for the most part, we like it that way.

As good as we may be at our various geekly positions, there’s one thing we tend to misunderestimate (props to G.W. for creating that word for us): The value of being still. For a geek, being still is probably one of the hardest things to do. So we don’t do it. Yet we must.

I’ve noticed a pretty repeatable pattern in my life: When I’m on the go constantly for extended periods of time (think months), I begin to run dry. I start running out of ideas for the blog. I don’t feel like creating anything at work. The thought of having friends over for dinner seems unappealing. Even sleep gets hard.

But if I stop.

Just for a bit.

And be still.

Things change.

I decided to spend an hour today just sitting alone in my living room. I sat next to an open window, closed my eyes and just listened. In the kitchen, I could hear the steady hum of the refrigerator (which runs a lot, what’s up with that?); outside I heard the distant call of birds; the occasional rumble of a plane taking off; farther off I could hear the incessant rush of traffic on I-35W.

At first it was hard. I wanted to grab my laptop and do something. But the longer I sat there, the more I felt renewed.

I felt refreshed.

Inspired.

Alive.

Loved.

Now that we’re through Easter, and things have settled down, take some time to be still.

Relax.

Chill.

Unplug.

Be still, and know that I am God.

Be still, and know that I Am

Be still, and know

Be still

Be

You’ll be glad you did.

peace

12 Comments

  1. chris@behindthemixer.com

    I find it best if I disappear for a day every few months. I’ll drive to a local state park or other “outdoor” place. I’ll have my phone but I set it to silent and my wife knows to call me only in case of emergency.

  2. chris@behindthemixer.com

    I find it best if I disappear for a day every few months. I’ll drive to a local state park or other “outdoor” place. I’ll have my phone but I set it to silent and my wife knows to call me only in case of emergency.

  3. bcoffy@parksidechurch.com

    I often question whether I’m dedicated to the job or just plain obsessed. I often struggle with finding the balance between being responsible and being taken over by my job.

  4. bcoffy@parksidechurch.com

    I often question whether I’m dedicated to the job or just plain obsessed. I often struggle with finding the balance between being responsible and being taken over by my job.

  5. rob@connellyaudio.com

    I’d have to agree. Let’s unplug!!

    Be Still for a minute!!

  6. rob@connellyaudio.com

    I’d have to agree. Let’s unplug!!

    Be Still for a minute!!

  7. tim@icahk.org

    My heart is not proud, O LORD , my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

    Psalm 131 1-2

    Hi,

    I read your blog from Hong Kong all the time when i’m at work. I can relate to so much. My friend and I pretty much always try to do “1” better, even down to neatness in wires or keeping desks clean. We’re just OCD at…everything! It is so awesome to know that you are being still.

    God bless,

    Tim Richardson

  8. tim@icahk.org

    My heart is not proud, O LORD , my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

    Psalm 131 1-2

    Hi,

    I read your blog from Hong Kong all the time when i’m at work. I can relate to so much. My friend and I pretty much always try to do “1” better, even down to neatness in wires or keeping desks clean. We’re just OCD at…everything! It is so awesome to know that you are being still.

    God bless,

    Tim Richardson

  9. mbhsound@gmail.com

    I’m a volunteer sound guy at my church and that is exactly what happens especially since I seem to be the staff’s favorite.

    It’s always go, go, go, get everything done, and I get so stressed out, especially with a poor quality system.

    Reading your article, I started wondering, what if I just stop for a minute, there’s normally a few minutes of calm, and just say a prayer and take a deep breath and calm down.

    And that’s true for all of life, we just need to step back and stop once and while.

    Thanks for the thoughtful article.

  10. mbhsound@gmail.com

    I’m a volunteer sound guy at my church and that is exactly what happens especially since I seem to be the staff’s favorite.

    It’s always go, go, go, get everything done, and I get so stressed out, especially with a poor quality system.

    Reading your article, I started wondering, what if I just stop for a minute, there’s normally a few minutes of calm, and just say a prayer and take a deep breath and calm down.

    And that’s true for all of life, we just need to step back and stop once and while.

    Thanks for the thoughtful article.

  11. davis.audio@verizon.net

    In my heart I know that strength will come from quiet, rest, and being still. So why is it so hard to be still? I think my life is too polluted with activity. Thanks for sharing this, Mike.

  12. davis.audio@verizon.net

    In my heart I know that strength will come from quiet, rest, and being still. So why is it so hard to be still? I think my life is too polluted with activity. Thanks for sharing this, Mike.

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