Right now, I am taking time to refocus my writing and ministry in this area. It came through my life and struggles of faith and I think, it comes through loud and clear in the title of my book, “Life Sucks Seek God,” because it reflects, on one hand, the reality of our world and life, which, in all honesty, is hard and does suck many days. And yet, there is before us the opportunity for you and me to experience the life-giving, soul-renewing, the experience of coming into a real “face-to-face” connection with God.
Luke Skywalker noted in the Empire Strikes Back, that he wasn’t afraid of the training needed to become a Jedi. The little Jedi master, Yoda, quickly shot back, “You will be! You. Will. Be!” It is time to stop playing games with your faith and you forcing your small group leader, your Sunday School teacher or your pastor, to make you drink. Just stop. Spiritual formations number one practice, at its core, is listening to God’s Spirit. Try the other old adage: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Since Jesus said when you do something to the least of the people, you’ve done it to God, then know this – sometimes the doing is listening. When you listen to others, there is a good chance you’re going to hear God.
So in love, shut up and give up, God is right now showing up and it is time for you to listen up.
MAY I ASK? Are you having a hard time hearing from God? Are people around you noting that you aren’t really listening to them? When is the last time you listened to God? What did you hear? What could you do differently?