I read a line that caught my attention recently. “Life contains small moments of opportunity to practice being like Jesus.” I have found the practice of Spiritual Direction helps me become aware and explore those moments in a day that have a particular hold on me. It could be small slight (or a big one), a poorly chosen word spoken to a coworker, an action I’m not particularly proud of, or any number of other openings. Openings are those moments that God allows us to dwell on and where through direction, explore, and mine those experiences for how my disposition to unlikeness to Christ surfaced. Openings are a grace that God allows for me to reorient my life toward him out of a specific context and consider where transformation might grow.
Spiritual direction provides for the unique space to slow my busy thoughts, to allow time to become still in the prayerful presence of God and another person. For me, it is only in Direction that I become focused enough to listen, hear, and reflect on my life and responses I find there. It is there in the company of another loving presence, that I can recall and give voice to those “small moments of opportunity” and reclaim them so that next time, my responses flow more readily from the deeper part of me where the essence of God dwells.
I find that so much of my life is lived on the surface. Going about my day seemingly unaware of anything more important than tasks to be completed, meetings to attend, questions to be answered, duties to be performed. All good things to be sure, just not good enough for one who desires to live life in that space Jesus calls “abundant.” Direction is that space where I can attend to that deeper dwelling place of God, normally called Soul, and the condition of that dwelling place of God, normally called “my Soul.” It is there in my Soul that I can learn to grow love and to live wholeheartedly.
My encouragement to you is to find a good Spiritual Director, and begin to explore the deeper life where fullness, abundance, and peace is found. Do we agree that we can use more of that in our world today?
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