“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives your purpose and meaning…” Morrie Schwartz.
Well, Morrie, you said a “mouthful.” For me… I can’t stand complacency. Self-satisfaction… is OK, if it only lasts a moment or two. I just finished a project (a new railing around my deck) and it will serve my “satisfaction needs” for a day (maybe), then I will NEED something else to “fill that void” in my system.
There are “many ways,” to FILL the VOID. For me… I’m TRYING to EXPAND my “prayer life.” I WANT to TALK to GOD, both… “More often, and more meaningful.” Things like a “project” are what I call FILLERS. It will fill the void…or fill in between the cracks…. Things one does in between the “more important things.”
Yesterday, I wrote about how little time we spend “talking with God.” Most of us (all religious persuasions) spend an hour or two each WEEK in some sort of “concert” with God. That converts to about 1/2 of one-percent. Shame on us!! I look upon “conversation with God,” something like…. Tithing. Why not…10%? That would calculate out to 16.8 hours each week. I know… that sounds like a lot… but, believe me, it’s NOT. That’s ONLY a few hours each day; and not much… considering who HE is, and who we are.
We have all kinds of time available to us to devote to “conversation with God.” We can spend the 15-20 minutes on the “way to work,” and another 15-20 on the way home. There are other trips around town that will give you other opportunity to converse with God… say another 20 minutes. Then you have “shower-time,” which for me, would be another 10 minutes, or so. How about the time spent “exercising?” That could be another 15-30 minutes. I take a 30 minute walk every day….so, add that to the equation. Then… there’s the “real prayer time,” when you get down “on your knees,” and get into serious prayer. Another 15 minutes. The first 10 minutes, or so, when I first get in bed… I lay there “thinking and talking” to God. And, most nights, I pray whenever I awaken during the night…. Another ½ hour, or so. OK… all added together… it ranges from 2 hrs. and 40 minutes, to 3 hrs. and 10 minutes. Not bad. Given my scenario… all of us, probably could add a good 3 hours each day in COMMUNION with God. This would be some 20 hours per week… a whopping 13% verses ½ of one percent.
Even Jesus “prayed” to His Father in Heaven… Mark 1:35-36 – And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him.
These “ideas” represent something that we “could do” if we really wanted to. And, it would ALL be done in times frames that one would normally consider as DOWN-TIME, or FREE-TIME. There are other opportunities to “spend time with God,” especially “if” we make a concerted effort.
I’ll close on this subject my strongly suggesting that the “only way” that we can get to KNOW GOD better is to spend some “quite time” with Him. What say you?