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Meditation

We are often reminded that it is important to stay rooted in Scripture through daily reading of the Bible and to take time to be quiet and contemplate and pray in order to be better aligned with our God.  Such spiritual disciplines are an important part of our walk with Jesus.  But we can get so caught up in the practicing of the disciplines that we forget why we are practicing them.  We don’t do spiritual disciplines just to “check a box” for God, or to “better ourselves.”  We practice spiritual disciplines to prepare ourselves for the work that Jesus would have us do.  Jesus calls us to a life of action – of making God known and praised for the good we can do as His hands and feet.  Our active love of God, exhibited in our actions toward all of our neighbors as we go about our normal lives, is what we are called to do.  It’s the kind words, the service to others, showing thanks, the service to those in physical or spiritual need and other such interactions that matter.  The disciplines of prayer, fasting, worship, solitude, and so on are not the goals in and of themselves. They are the means of giving us the confidence to live the life God wants us to live as we interact in life exactly where we were placed.  By all means, practice the disciplines – they help us let God align our hearts and minds and establish proper priorities; they provide us with God’s strength and remind us of who God is.  The result of practicing the disciplines is the ability to serve wholeheartedly as we go about our routine daily lives.

Prayer

Written by John Baillie (1886-1960), a Scottish theologian and  a Church of Scotland minister.

O God my Creator and Redeemer, I cannot go into this day unless you accompany me with your blessing. Do not let the vigor and freshness of the morning, or the glow of health, or the present success of my life deceive me into a false reliance upon my own strength. All these good gifts have come to me from you.  Let me then give back into your hands all that you have given me, rededicating to your service all I can do with my mind and body, all my possessions, and all my influence with others. All these are yours to use as you want Father.  O Lord, speak in my words today, think in my thoughts, and work in all my actions. Thank you that it is your gracious will to make use of me, even at my weakest, to fulfill your mighty purpose for the world. Le my life today be a channel through which at least a little of your love and compassion may reach the lives of those around me.  Amen. 

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