Monday, July 22, 2019

Deepen the Life You Already Possess

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Monroe County Community College

What does God want me to do next? How shall I spend this week? How can my life be more effective for Christ?

What is my calling and mission, today?

These questions will be answered as I dwell in God's presence. That is where all my deepest questions are answered. 

I will seek God, worship God, love God. 

Christ is in me, and I, in him. That is enough. (Pay attention to this.)

I will abide in Christ, like a branch connected to a tree. 

I will saturate myself in the Scriptures. 

I will meditate on the things of God. (I carry Bible verses with me, on 3X5 cards.)

I will pray.

I will obey what God tells me to do. 

I like the way Thomas Merton puts this. He writes: 

"Our glory and our hope—we are the body of Christ. Christ loves us and espouses us as His own flesh. Isn’t that enough for us? But we do not really believe it. No! Be content, be content. We are the Body of Christ. We have found Him, He has found us. We are in Him, He is in us. There is nothing further to look for, except the deepening of this life we already possess. Be content." (A Year with Thomas Merton, Kindle Locations 4260-4263. Emphasis mine.).

Deepen the life you already possess.

My book on this is Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God.