"Let's keep it together,
Can we keep it together,
We're singing a new song now and everything starts today."
AS WE SET OFF on our journey this week, I'd like to share a helpful tidbit from yesterday's discussion at our college fellowship meeting.
We began by listing the number of hours we devote to different activities (prayer, work, sleep, family, other interests) each day ("Hours"). Not surprisingly, many of us devote quite a chunk to work and sleep. We then listed our priorities in order ("Priorities") and looked at Hours v. Priorities.
The numbers didn't look so good, at first.
As the conversation evolved, though, we realized that God is not number one on some list. He is everything. Our life in Christ permeates all we do, as St. Paul said, "for in Him we live and move and have our being"(2), "whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."(3)
So while we are at work, we aim do it in His presence, not as something in addition to "God." So those 12 hours are not "lost." When I run, I aim to do it in Him unto Him. When I am just hanging around with my wife, He is there in our midst.
Symeon the New Theologian put it best:
The remembrance of Christ brings light to one's mind ...and the light of the Holy Trinity which shines in a pure heart lifts it away from the whole world. When a man participates in this, though he is still on earth, he has a taste of the glory to come, at least in so far as he can, for although he is moved by heaven's grace he is still wrapped in the veil of flesh.(4)
Of course, all of this assumes a regular habit of time devoted to prayer, meditation and spiritual reading, or else, really, who are we kidding?
Let's keep it together. Have a nice week.
(1)Keep It Together
(3)(1 Cor. 10:31)
(4)The Practical and Theological Chapters and the Three Theological Discourses