A trio of ideas came my way this week—all good ones for beginning a new year. So, I want to take a break from my thoughts from the Letter to the Hebrews and pass these helps on to you.
First, my good friend Steve Brown, in the midst of a long vigil at his dying mother’s bedside, shared with me that is he has been stopping three times a day to deliberately focus on God. Then I read a tweet from another old friend encouraging us to all pick one word that would give us direction for the new year. He added a recommendation to read his daughter’s new blog post. Clicking on the link, I found encouragement to stop other things for five minutes, several times a day, for spiritual contemplation.
I realized how without any effort on my part, I had been graciously shown how to keep changing and renewing my mind. So, after considering several options for a word for the year, I selected: “wait,” as in “Be still before Yahweh and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7). Then, I began stopping at least three times a day, taking five minutes each time to do nothing but focus on God, the life of love he calls us to live, or on my word “wait.”I can’t yet tell you what a month of this is like, but I am already giving thanks for a good plan that is connecting me with perspective and power, It will take some commitment and discipline, but I am eager. If you can gain from this, all the better.