“The outer distractions of our interests reflect an inner lack of integration of our own lives. we are trying to be several selves at once, without all our selves being organized by a single, mastering Life within us. Each of us tends to be, not a single self, but a whole committee of selves.” — Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion
I am working my way through Thomas Kelly’s little book, A Testament of Devotion and every few pages I must pause and reflect on a sentence, a phrase, or even a question.
This morning, here are the challenges from Thomas Kelly:
Do you love His presence?
The first of the love of God, of our love toward God, and of His love toward us, are very hot.
Our real problem, in failing to center down, is not a lack of time; it is, I fear, in too many of us, lack of joyful, enthusiastic delight in Him, lack of deep, deep-drawing love directed toward Him at every hour of the day and night.
There is a place the Spirit calls and I am all too unwilling to walk. Laziness. Distraction. Call it whatever… but when I read these challenges I am stirred once again.
In our multi-tasking, ADHD world, it is incredibly hard to understand how divided that makes us internally. We often blame our external circumstances for the hectic pace, but Thomas Kelly in A Testament to Devotion offers another thought:
The outer distractions of our interests reflect an inner lack of integration of our own lives. We are trying to be several selves at once, without all our selves being organized by a single, mastering Life within us. Each of us tends to be, not a single self, but a whole committee of selves.
This explains the voices in my head!
The path is surrender. We are called to allow the Holy One to bear our burdens. We are called to take up his yoke and walk with him.
Our lives can find deep unity within Christ. Without him, we continue to have committee meetings inside our heads.
The journey of Lent is one that should be inward. As western Christians, we don’t “do inward” very well. We don’t like silence a lot, either.
Protestant emphasis, beginning so nobly in the early Luther, has grown externally rationalistic, humanistic, and service-minded… The dearth of rich Protestant literature on the interior aspect of Christian living, except as it bears on the opening experience of conversion, bears testimony to its emphasis being elsewhere. — Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion
Don’t allow the noise and busyness of our day keep us running on empty in our spiritual tanks.
Reflect on your day before you turn out the light.
Give thanks for the day ahead as you wake up.
Find Scripture portions to sink into and stay there as you dwell on the richness of God’s Word. I am currently doing this with Romans 8. I am not doing so well at memorization, so I am practicing Lectio Divina through this chapter over and over, allowing the deep truths to sink into my heart.
Don’t go through this Lenten season without an examination of the heart! Don’t run on empty!
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Allow your spirit to be renewed in the journey.