Communing is becoming rare in the multi-tasking environment we live in today. It requires a dedication to quiet time, a singular focus, and personal discipline. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
Life is full of interruptions. There’s hardly a day that passes in our lives when something we’re doing, saying or contemplating isn’t interrupted by something else. Life demands of each of us the ability to deal with interruptions. Parents know this well as children have a way of insinuating themselves into our lives without warning. A skinned knee can’t be anticipated and we need to put ourselves aside for the moment to become the healer. Pets have this propensity as well. When they need to go outside the risk of an accident should outweigh the bother of opening a door. Nonetheless, sometimes interruptions have to be countered with a curtailment strategy, or tasks can be ruined, words forgotten or thoughts lost. As I get older I find this becoming more and more of an issue in life. It takes far less to derail my thoughts these days than it did a few decades ago. I can be three steps into a deliberate journey to my office and arrive ten steps later without a clue as to why I started that journey. All it took was a few words from Holly, a telephone ringing or just picking up a piece of mail on the counter and my purpose has disappeared. I lost the ability to heed the call to do something because the mental pathway I was walking down detoured. I made a mental turn I hadn’t anticipated and got lost for the moment. Determined to keep this from happening consistently, I’ve resorted to closing doors at times, doing certain things when no one else is around, and scribbling out reminders on Post-It notes. It’s a way of communing with my thoughts in a way that facilitates clearer thinking and better tasking.
Communing in this manner is something becoming rare in the multi-tasking environment we live in today. It requires a dedication to quiet time, a singular focus, and personal discipline. Such dedication is important not only to keeping us on track to live our lives purposefully, it is even more important when it comes to being able to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us in conscience about God’s spiritual purpose for our lives, moment by moment.
Here’s a story: Throughout his administration, Abraham Lincoln was a president under fire, especially during the tumultuous years of the Civil War. And though he knew he would make errors of office, he resolved never to compromise his integrity. So strong was this resolve that he once said, “I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.” (Today In The Word, August, 1989, p. 21.)
Our conscience cries out daily for quiet time, closed doors in our lives, and a commitment to an inner communion with God that keeps our spiritual purpose on track, no matter the temptation in life. Lincoln discovered early on as President that if he bowed to the scrutiny of others, made their opinions into distractions that could ultimately take him down the wrong spiritual pathway, his purpose as President would be interrupted, perhaps even thwarted. Our conscience ought to be the highest priority for every Christian in life. Yet, we often pay so little attention to it. I think much of this neglect has to do with a poor understanding of the nature of conscience. Conscience links us directly with God: a pathway to his throne. With something this awesome and exciting, why wouldn’t we be willing to close the doors of our lives regularly to shut out the distractions that can interrupt his voice? Today would be a good day to commune with God in conscience. Close a few doors, Post-It note it if you like, and listen. He’s waiting to commune with you today in a quiet way–no distractions.
We pray. Thank you Lord for giving us a conscience, a way of listening to your Holy Spirit, directly linked to your holy throne in heaven. Forgive us Father when we fail to take the time to maintain our relationship with you through our conscience by allowing our busy lives to make far too much noise. Help us Lord to remember to take the time to shut a few doors in our lives and allow you in by your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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