January 2018 Rhythms of Jesus
It’s January 2. How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along?
Dallas Willard says the key to the spiritual life is to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. What a challenge! Certainly easier said than done, but I believe he is correct. To eliminate hurry doesn’t mean sit around, be lazy, and contemplate your navel. We can work with all our energy and accomplish tremendous things without toxic hurry. Maxine Hancock says it so well: “Serenity is the ability to live with tranquility in the midst of purpose and productivity.”
It requires a constant choice to live in God instead of letting the tidal wave of 21st century life overwhelm me. Far too often, I feel like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark being chased by an oncoming boulder that just gets bigger and faster. Life seems intent on speeding up. I feel pressure from all sides, but often the greatest source of stress is me! I get tired of living on the ragged edge. I need to continually choose rest, Sabbath, and all aspects of margin.
I may sound like a broken record, but I need to hear this over and over. I am still learning to rest, pray, work, and play fully and completely. I must continually seek the rhythms of Jesus. One resolution on January 1 won’t fix it. I need to continually choose the patterns of ministry, work, rest, prayer, play, worship, time with friends, time with family, and time alone with the Lord. Time to serve, care, encourage, read, write, create, enjoy, celebrate, and most importantly, listen to the voice of the Lord. It will mean saying a discerning no so I can say an enthusiastic yes!
I am still learning to understand, practice, and integrate Jesus’ rhythms of solitude, community, and ministry.
· to keep me from ministering out of my own limited power, energy, strength, and wisdom
· to remind me that there is one Savior, and I am not Him
· to keep step with the Spirit
· To experience and extend love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
· to glorify God
· to keep my sanity
People will find the energy, time, and money for what we truly value. I have two sets of priorities:
1. The ones in my journal, mission statement, or head
2. The ones I actually live out
I don’t want to get to the end of my life and see all the opportunities, marching orders, and divine appointments I missed because I was too busy with tasks and busy work God never assigned to me. I don’t want to miss the connections and blessings because I was exhausted by chasing my tail.
In 2018 and beyond, I so want to be able to say, “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.” (John 17:4)
Show me how to do it, Lord!
Grace and peace,
April 2017 Yes and No
August 2016 Weary
May 2016 Seasons of the Soul
November 2015 Still
October 2015 Continuous Partial Attention
August 2015 Look up
June 2015 Lead me to the Rock
April 2015 Embracing Limits
January 2015 One Thing
November 2014 Grateful
October 2014 Learning from Pain