I’m a planner nerd. I found my latest perfect planner after two trips to Target and two hours of contemplation. Target may be overrated, but is contemplation? Never.
For an extrovert, contemplation is under utilized and thus, imbues any project with fresh energy and determination (unless a friend texts and asks: You home? Let’s get coffee. But that’s another story.)
Contemplation in January provided structure to my days in February and I’m getting in the groove. Loosely. I prefer a loose groove. A friend with coffee may be God’s best and I don’t want to miss God’s best–so far I have had five of those God’s-bests this week alone. Thus, the loose groove.
Contemplation in September–that other first month of the year–provided a nudge to my To-Be List over my To-Do List. When God is first on my To-Do List, I become more like what He wants me to be–so it’s really a To-Be List.
My TO-DO LIST:
- Relate well with God–Father, Friend and Redeemer.
- Everything else.
Not a bad list. When my priority is relating well to God, everything else will follow suit. And I will Be what He wants. When I remember God pursues me, I’ll do my best to respond to His pursuit.
When relating well to God, everything else will follow. It’s a promise:
Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you. — Jesus Matthew 6:33
So, how to relate well with God? Think on that awhile (contemplation is good for the soul.)
Lord, how can I relate well to You? You’ve got me mystified much of the time. I don’t get You like you get me, but I’m asking you, Lord–How can I do my daily life with You first in line, on the throne, directing traffic, in like Flynn? I’m asking. I know you’ll do the rest. Please help me relate well to You today. And thanks. Amen.
How did He answer your prayer?
I made a list after I listened well. Here’s the first:
Keep short accounts—WHAT’S THAT MEAN??!
When God rattles your conscience, confess and confess fast. Keep the conscience-rattling as short as possible. You know what I mean. Something’s not right and you’re not sure what, but you better ask. You might need to confess and repent–you turn on the dishwasher, you vacuumn just for the noise, but (praise God) the rattling keeps up.
I want short accounts because after awhile, I may not feel that prick of conscience–what a shame! A lost opportunity to know God deeper. The longer you wait, the harder it is to hear the Spirit. Conviction’s not a bad thing–though it sounds dark and heavy. Nope. It’s the best thing because it lightens your load and enlightens your next step. What a gift.
Remember: everything God’s trying to tell you is so that you can relate better to Him. (What a gift–did I mention that?)
Here’s a favorite prayer with a little help from King David to keep my account short:
“Lord, please forgive me. I was an idiot, again. Create in me a clean heart O, God” – Sue and David, Psalm 51:10
Why do we want clean hearts? To parade our holiness around town? No, it’s to relate well with the One Who knows us best and loves us anyway.
To do this, to keep short accounts, to pray for a soft conscience and a quick response — that will turn our To-Do List into God’s To-Be List. He’s all about coming after me. I just need to turn around and let Him catch me.
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