In All Things (1 December 2018)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other. With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.  Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father because of him.

(Colossians 3.16-17)

Reflect: 

It’s so easy to compartmentalise our life with God, to think of different parts of our lives as being sacred or secular. God is interested in every part of our lives. There isn’t a sacred (stuff God is interested in) and secular (stuff God doesn’t get involved in) divide. Paul invites us to include God in every aspect, involve God in ‘whatever we say and do’ and do it all in the name of Jesus as we give thanks.

Respond: 

Whatever you are doing today, travelling, eating, answering emails, parenting, socialising, exercising – make it your aim to include the Lord and let thanks be your focus.

Midday Meditation:

‘God’s normal means of bringing his joy is by redeeming and sanctifying the ordinary junctures of human life.’

(Richard J. Foster)

Evening Reflection:

‘My Lord God,

I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and will never leave me to face my perils alone.’

(Thomas Merton)

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