Perhaps by now you have noticed some old habits sneaking into your routine. “Oh, I just don’t feel like doing that today.” The commitment you made to yourself over a week ago has weakened a bit. Don’t berate yourself – acknowledge that you are a work in progress. Recalibrate a little today and try a new vantage point. Did you ever see the scene in the movie, Dead Poets Society where the students are invited to stand on their desks? If you haven’t, rent the movie. Get a different perspective. Imagine you are a bird gliding over your home, apartment complex, or where you work. What do things look like from that vantage point. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and what do you see?
A Sacred Listener is trying to tune in to the inner voice as well as the Sacred voice. As the Spirit speaks to your spirit, what is being said? We often make rules up about ourselves. Over an extended period these rules are solidified and become rigid. Sometimes our thoughts and “rules” empower us, while at times they hold us back from becoming what we truly desire. Think about your affirmation – are you moving toward that statement? Are you beginning to de-clutter some of the outdated rules in your life – rules that might hold you back? God is about freedom and truth. God is also about grace – telling you to let go of the past and bask in the warmth of love.
Try repeating to yourself today:
I love and accept who God made me to be and I am content.”
You see, if you accept yourself as you are, you can choose new directions for yourself as well. Read this scripture out loud to yourself several times:
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3
What has gone before is neither good nor bad – it is what has been. It is past. All the things that have happened to you are the building blocks of who you are and who you will be. Remember, we only live in this moment. This moment shapes the future when we are able to become Sacred Listeners. We don’t hand God an agenda and say, “Bless it!” We need to have God guide us in the making of the agenda – the planning of the goals – to be a part of the change we wish to become.
Your beliefs about yourself are enormously influential. These shape what you think of yourself. Often you do not even know that this is happening. As you become more aware you begin to know who you really are. You can honestly search and evaluate your God given identity. How do you react to certain experiences of your life? We will explore that a little more on day four.
For now take the time to journal your experiences, your observations, the leadings of the Spirit. Take time to add to your journal the celebrations and thanksgivings. Approaching life with an attitude of gratefulness and thankfulness can shape your entire day and eventually your whole life.