The Beginning of Your Day – The Real Problem of the Christian Life . . . (Pre-Lenten Journey 2016)

Dr. Eric HaskinsLenten Journey 2016, Space Savers2 Comments

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S tarting on Friday, January 29th, and then each of the 10 days (not counting Sunday) leading up to Lent, I will be posting a series of space saving experiences. These will be simple ideas to help you create space in the normal flow of your life. Many will seem familiar and routine but I hope to offer a slightly different perspective that will allow you to grow the relational richness with Christ and the community of faith a Lenten Journey offers.

Pre-Lenten Space Saver

One of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity is -
“. . . the real problem of the Christian life comes where people do not usually look for it. It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in . . . all day.”
From this insightful warning and encouragement I have established the practice of saying the Lord's prayer as soon as I'm aware that I'm aware. You know that place somewhere between, "Is it time to get up?" and "It can't be time to get up," feeling? Before my feet hit the ground I want to begin the process of quieting all the distracting voices and tuning into the One Voice that really matters.

Receive . . . Reflect . . . . Respond . . .

  • So give it a try. For the next few days recite the Lord’s Prayer before your feet hit the ground. And then pay attention that his shaping your day.
  • After practicing this for a few days, what do you notice?
  • How do you currently “shove back” all the other voices, as you tune in to Christ’s voice?

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