Meditations on John 15, how to to live 'present'. What is it to ABIDE?
# one -
Because let's face it... Easter begins with a focus on DEATH. And death doesn't "sell" It's not as sexy as Santa and presents and holiday parties and "White Christmas".
So maybe we can breathe deeply, and being free of the distractions that a secularized distortion of a holy day brings, we can fully submerse ourselves in it. All it's drama. And ugly. And beauty. And mystery. And hope. (the bunny has NO power to compete with this!)
How to live "present". It is to dwell. to remain. to stay in a place or position or state. It's about abiding.
But to abide must start with my thinking and beliefs.
Join me in a series of meditations on John 15:1-16 where jesus gives you and I a beautiful picture which holds the key to this kind of life.
- sigh - I’ve fallen into the same trap that the majority of us do though … thinking forming a list of resolutions, (whether you write your list or hold it secretly inside), will be enough to form the discipline required to cause that list to move from ink on paper to boots on the ground.
Real change happens in small steps. Incremental steps. Choices made in each, present moment, supports goals. Moment by moment decisions are easier when we don’t have an ocean of lists to recall and stay committed to.
It’s enough to make us dizzy, all this turning of shortcomings, around and around in our minds. And perspective is skewed with dizzy, spinning hearts.
But the wisest words for this New Year for me, (maybe you too?), words to stop the drain, the emptying, the dizzy, self-absorbed perspective, are words worth repeating:
“But THIS I call to mind, and THEREFORE I have hope: