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The title of my blog is obviously “stop and smoke a cigarette.” If you are confused or even turned off by that, just check out the reasoning for the title under the “about” tab and prayerfully this will bring about some sort of rest to your angst. The blog title is really another way of saying “Be Still.” This has been a major theme in my life over the past year. In a culture that is highly administrative because of the size and scope, I have to be intentional like never before and be responsible like never before for my spiritual growth. If I do not go deeper in my relationship with the Lord, I can’t expect the weekend nor the week to assist in this….I must become a self-feeder.
But what about the tension between being still and becoming a self-feeder…spiritually? There is obvious tension and will forever be present just as the tension the exists between “already” and “not yet.” I am already a child of God and have experienced his salvation, but I have not yet fully experienced these things because I am still in the context of a fallen state.
Meditation is that time when we don’t “empty” our mind in order to achieve “nirvana” but rather “fill” our minds with the things of God. There is a big difference here. Meditation is a way of being still before the Lord, listening to Him as much as we speak to Him, and speak back to Him His own words.
My encouragement to you today is to begin meditating for the next 7 days. I would encourage you to do this (this is my personal outline):
- pray that God would show me my condition (emotionally, spiritually, physically)
- pray that God would cleanse me
- pray that God would speak to me
- read a verse of passage and meditate (for at least 20 minutes- be silent)
- record what God said to you (not an audible voice..but if so…please let me know)
- continue on throughout the day in that spirit