Day 55 - Issue 21

June 14, 2017

Luke 10:40 NLT

'But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing.'

I am not a last-minute deadline person. I plan and I like time to review whatever I am working on well ahead of submission. However, I still get frantic in the kitchen, just like Martha.
While I am training myself, with the help of many generous writers across the early centuries of the Church’s history, to ‘pray continually’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17), I still get overwhelmed with the stuff life demands. There is nothing like that sense of losing control when there is more to be done than apparent hours in the day allow. Yet, even in such extreme situations God so often emerges as the one point of stability in a sea of confusion.

I cannot always control the hour I awake as sometimes sleep escapes me in the early hours. However, the first act of the day is neither to fret at the loss of sleep nor to invite the challenges of the day to rush in and dominate my mind. I start my day with pillow talk with God. This begins with my greeting and a reflection upon my sleep, or lack of, and thanks for God’s presence with me. I often say the Apostles’ Creed, reminding myself of the heritage out of which I flow, and a reminder of the responsibility I carry to pass this on to future generations. Then I recall my own mortality and offer myself into God’s safekeeping in this fresh day he has brought me into.

A breath prayer as I still myself ahead of rising to greet the day usually ensures I enter the day with an inner stillness and calm, my mind quiet and free from the distractions of the work that awaits me. So I take responsibility for setting the tone at this the threshold of my day. Of course, I may lose it in an instant as I look at an email or fret over something I can’t resolve. But I enter from a place of Jesus-centred calm, rather than staggering from one unresolved crisis into the next.

QUESTION: How does your day begin – is it “Good Lord! It’s morning”, or is it “Good morning, Lord”?

PRAYER: Father, help me keep my eyes on you and not on all that so easily distracts me.

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