Creating Space: The Final Frontier

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  1. Zack says:

    Great question/topic, Danny!

    This is something that I personally struggle with a lot, and I have a feeling that my generation as a whole does pretty poorly with it.

    The sheer amount of information that is available to me in a given day is staggering. I hard this week that the average American hears/sees/encounters three THOUSAND marketing messages EVERY DAY.

    And that’s mostly just information that I’m not even trying to consume. How much more when we add the books, blogs, tweets, sermons, conversations, etc.

    Even the simple invention of the cell phone has a pretty amazing effect on our culture. I was driving home yesterday and noticed how almost everywhere I looked, people were on the phone. And I figured that most of the folks who weren’t on the phone were listening to the radio. I wondered how the world might be different if all those people were just sitting in silence. Pondering life. Noticing the new life of the Spring. Hearing God’s still small voice…

    We certainly weren’t designed for the world we live in. Or, at least, we weren’t designed to live in it the way we do.

    Like I said, I’m still not very good at maximizing my effectiveness in this culture, but one thing that has been very helpful for me is to simply reducing the amount of noise as much as it is in my control to do so.

    I try to intentionally turn off NPR for a portion of my drive. I choose to let the phone ring and return calls when I have the mental capacity to actually listen to someone. I read significantly fewer books now than I did a few years ago. And I listen to fewer sermons throughout the week.

    The result is that when I read my Bible, or savor a few pages of a book, or hear a good sermon, I’m actually able to think about it for more than 6 seconds before I flush it and move on.

    But like I said, I’m REALLY bad at this. It’s just a target that I think is worth shooting at!

  2. Mark D says:

    Thanks for this post, this is exactly the problem I been having but I have been unable to identify it until I read this. Information overload to the point of things flying in one side of my brain and out the other. I obviously don’t have a good system yet, but now that I’ve identified the problem I think I know what I need to do next…make space!

  3. ryan says:

    hire a full time admin to reread your notes, type them up and then be ready to find them w/o a seconds hesitation (sounds like somebody we know).

    seriously, for me…share info with someone else. Teach it, blog it, do something with it. I can’t wait to hear how you do it. What about JD?

  4. Brad B says:


    This occured in me, but on a spiritual level. I get to spend a couple of hours following every workday with God @ Bruegger’s. He just started blowing up my mind and I didn’t wanna forget. So this led to my blog.

    My thought is: Write it down now; Act on it later.
    [Just b/c you can’t possibly act on everything you think and are taught immediately. Just don’t forget to come back to it :)]

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