When my kids were growing up, there was not a lot of quiet in my house. Someone was always running in and out the door. The phone rang. The TV was always on. Then they discovered music and it was always blaring. Other kids were in the house.

As a family, we also liked to practice our outside voices inside. My daughter often spoke so loudly that I began to wonder if she was having a hearing problem. She wasn’t, so I just concluded she was having to talk louder than me and her brother so she could be heard!

There were times when I just begged everybody to be still for a few minutes so my head could rest!

Now my life is pretty quiet. There are days that I can stay inside my house by myself in almost total silence…unless the phone rings, but without teenagers in the house, even that doesn’t happen as often as it used to. I kinda like the quiet too. It took some time getting used to it when the kids first left home. But now, I cherish those times when I get to go home to a quiet house and know that it will stay that way for a while.

The other week I was reading in Acts 8 which is about Philip in Samaria. Verses 4 through 7 say,

Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. So there was great joy in that city. Acts 8:4-7

Philip is there doing the work of God and with shrieks, evil spirits were disposed of. And then there was great joy in the city. All in all, it sounds like a pretty noisy business to me. As I read and prayed over my reading that day, it occurred to me that when I am doing what God calls me to do, it might be a pretty noisy business in my own life.

Folks who need help will call and “disrupt” my day. Attending small group at church will put an end to the quietness of a Sunday afternoon. There may be opportunities to rejoice over the birth of new babies and new saints. We celebrate a lot at work when our kids meet their goals. So maybe having a noisy life is a good gauge for how effective I am at following God’s will for my life.

Today’s testimony is this. Silence is good…even golden…sometimes. But life shouldn’t be totally quiet. Since God has called all of us to work in His kingdom, the noise of life will follow us. But if the noise of life means God is working on me…or using me to work in His kingdom, then I’ll take noisy any day.

So let’s make some noise up in here!

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