What Drives Your Day?

“He who answers before listening – that is his folly and shame.” – Proverbs 18:13

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Twenty minutes of my time this morning: I grabbed a cup of coffee, went outside and sat on a picnic table – I invited God to speak to me, to tell me whatever He wanted – I soaked in the abundant sunshine, enjoyed the cool, almost chilly, breeze – I sipped my coffee – I tried to intentionally listen for God’s voice, I walked around to the recently planted trees on our church property, carefully inspecting each one to see how it was doing – noticing the blossoms on some, the newly emerging leaves on each – I walked across the grass at a leisurely pace – and then came back to my office. Twenty minutes. Twenty minutes set aside to intentionally listen to God.

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That has not been a regular practice recently. My “to do” list has been dominating my schedule. Even when I read in my bible I tackle it like another chore to check off my list. To sit still and be silent and listen has been dismissed from my life as a quaint yet misguided use of my time.

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To the observer it would have appeared that I had wasted twenty minutes of my day. I’ll be honest with you – I did not receive any new spectacular revelation – no specific insights or leadings – no peek at the winning Lotto numbers for this week – not even a good idea for this Sunday’s sermon.

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Amazingly though – I sat back down at my desk refreshed, focused – my head was clear – a sense of God’s presence and energy in my life. I need to do that a lot more often. I want to have a keener sense of God’s presence in my life – of His leading me through out my day. Maybe it is as simple as me shutting up, sitting still – and trying, even for twenty minutes, to hear His voice.

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When is the last time you tried that?

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Peace,
?Dave

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