Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Attention!

The great thing about the practice and state of "trusting the Lord" . . . is that the opportunity to check it arises constantly . . . . [Thus the opportunity to see if it is there or not, and/or begin making it a centerpiece of daily life.]

I mean, when you wake up--assuming you at least have developed the habit of bringing your self to immediate and Godly awareness upon awakening, rather than just having your fallen, self-centered mind already be running a 100 mph as you start the day--you can instantly note whether you are roiling with anxiety, or if you are at peace no matter what the day is expected to bring.

Typically, you will awaken, and if you bring your mind to God, taken your thoughts captive as you should as a Believer, you will observe that, yes, there are some worries and possible fears beginning their agitating work on the mind and heart.  BUT, as a disciple of Yeshua, you straightaway go into prayer and take charge . . . .

Well, YOU don't take charge (being a disciple) except that you are deliberately setting your mind on the things of God to start the day, but you go into prayer and remembrance, recalling the high purpose of your life--to know and glorify God--and putting things speedily into the right (spiritual) perspective.  Money, the economy, the Marxist takeover, bills, relationship problems or lack thereof . . . are all submitted, subjected, subdued to the primary objective of the day, which is to stay close to the Lord in prayer, obey His commands, be repentant, love Him above all and love others as you do your self . . . . THOSE are the kinds of priorities that are to be front and center as the day begins; which takes some effort, ongoing practice, attention, energy . . . .

But why wouldn't you put those things first?  Why would someone instead start pouring all their energy into goals and objectives . . . which are purely related to this fallen world?  If we claim to love God above all, then our thought and feeling time . . . should reflect it!  It is too cheap to just say we Believe, but then go through the day focused 99% on worldly and temporal material concerns.

When we love someone, our thoughts and feelings are consumed with them.  We long for them if apart, and focus on them when together.  The world and the problems of the world . . . fade to gray, while the beloved is bright, beautiful, proximate, and joyfully demanding our attention.

Our relationship with the Lord should be like this . . . .

If it's not, we are a likely hypocrite, false convert, or a babe in the faith.  If a babe, it's time to start growing up . . . . Especially considering "the hour" . . . .

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