The loudest noise ever heard by man occurred August 27, 1883 when Krakatoa, a volcanic island in the South Pacific, erupted with a bang heard 3,000 miles away. That’s like people in Seattle hearing an explosion in Orlando, Florida. A ship’s captain 40 miles away wrote in his log, “Over half my men have had their eardrums shattered. I am convinced the Day of Judgment has come.” The 172 decibel blast created shock waves that continued to circle the earth for 5 days.
Today we face even more noise, of a different kind, than people in 1883 could ever have imagined. Electronic media have filled our lives with noisy distractions that clamor for attention. Hectic schedules allow little time for silence and focus on what’s really important. The result is often a noisy life signifying nothing and missing God’s best.
Remember, cut through the noise and turn down the volume, at least once a day, by spending time with God and asking Him how you should redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.