The average person has about 60,000 thoughts a day, 80% of which are negative and close to 90% represent something other than God’s promise to them. That is a lot of dirt and distraction we heap on ourselves.
How do you listen for God in the midst of all this stuff rattling around in your head? Actually you already know how. You ignore all sorts of sounds as you concentrate on a task or a conversation. You get busy and don’t notice bumping your leg. You know how to filter.
With practice you can learn to filter out junk and tune into what God tells us is so about life. Check out any of the exercises. They are trash filters and God finders.
One of the advantages of having a few years on our lives is that when we take time to meditate on the present, we see that the seeds of today began to grow years ago. However, we could not even imagine where God would take us, much less have the wisdom to pray for such a future. But now we look back and are amazed at how walking through doors of opportunity, of discovering just the right person at just the right time and of insight through conversation with God and others have moved our lives forward, and also the lives to those around us.
David was probably inspired to write Psalm 8 sitting on the roof of his palace. Now he was raised a shepherd, the youngest child of an unimportant family from the smallest tribe of Israel. In this today he was sitting on the roof of a nice house overlooking the city. A strong wall protected it from its enemies. Children played in the streets, their laughter filling the night sky. Young mothers were suckling their infants and the sound of babies and mom’s chatting filled the air.
As a young man night fall meant being at an encampment separated from women and children and exposed to large cats, bears and hungry enemies. It was a perilous time. Now we was in an important city, safe behind the walls. He could see how the skills he had learned as a child and young man prepared him for today, but how amazing it was. And it was not just blessing for him, but for so many of his people who had gone from being everyone’s victim to a nation you did not want to mess with.
When have you sat amazed at where God has taken you, your family and those around you?
I made a comment about fear of pain in one of the threads and got an interesting response from several people. So I thought I would put a question out there, how do you deal with a sense of being judged negatively and do you experience freedom to be in the present as a result?
So since everyone participating in the blog is a person and knows both freedom and interference from the past, how do you sweep out your closet and what do you put in its place?
People tell me that they only believe what they can see. OK. When I ask them, “What three things did you experience today that meant something to you?” they look confused. Many people cannot name even one moment that seemed important to them. Over the years I have learned that unless I choose to recall my day I really have almost no idea of the content of the life I am living.
Try asking a couple of people you know and see what happens. Then stop and ponder the question, “Do you do any better yourself?” Grasp that and you have taken an important step towards a relevant spiritual life. If someone wants to know the life he or she is living, they must take time to stop, remember, ponder, give thanks and share. That is just how people remember.
God encourages you to invest time each day in blessing others, then to recall the joy of shared life and return thanks for the moments that make a difference. Doing that adds depth to an otherwise too busy life. The Book, Prayer for Busy People, can help you overcome what a dear friend calls the “tyranny of business.” This blog will allow you to respond to what you are learning and ask the community for their collective wisdom.