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seems like the message of slowing down seems to be chasing me around these days…

after being inspired by something that my friend at Re:Gen, Albert Lee, preached on Sunday nite [that he told me Dallas Willard said] i wrote this post on rushing, taking special note that Jesus never seemed to.

and today i head into my book reading for the ‘Free: Spending your Time and Money on what matters most’ preparation for the book study tbV and i are leading and it is on Time [and slowing down, disconnecting, not rushing, sabbathing] and so i thought it would be a great idea to invite you to join me in my experiment:

part of my homework reads like this:

‘Experiment: Be Still

Try this. Set aside this book for five minutes. [I did, but then i didn’t know what to do next so i had to look back in the book] Close your eyes, breathe deeply and simply sit. What do you notice? What do you hear? What do you smell? How does your body feel? In the absence of activity what are you drawn to think about? What kind of thoughts come to the surface? Can you let go of those thoughts to be still and know that God is here and that you are alive in this moment?

As a way to reset a sense of restful presence, many people find it helpful to have a daily or regular practice of stillness prayer – five, ten, or twenty minutes of focused silence to be aware of God and be present to yourself. As an experiment you may want to practice this kind of stillness for a period of time each day for a week to see how it subtly shifts your sense of time, hurry or anxiety.’

i just did my first time now and it was great – started with just around 8 minutes and will look to hit 20 for the rest of the week. and i will post about how it goes after that.

but i am looking for nine other people who will sign up now [in the comment section below – just your name and i’m in!] and join me in this journey – for the next week putting aside 5, 10 or 20 minutes to be still, to turn off the phone and move away from the technology [i went and sat outside and that was great] and just experience the stillness.

the commitment is to write your name in the comments, say ‘I’m in’ and then report back next week when i post and add some thoughts on how the experience was for you..

the non eternal-optimist realist in me suspects i’ll be lucky to get three people, but i’m hoping i’ll have a full 9… so come on, who is in?

[To read my response after a week of doing this, as well as many others in the comments section, click here]

pretty obvious statement, right? not something that needs to be proved.

felt like a bit of a throw-away line by the pastor [Albert Lee] at Re:Generation church which tbV and i are a part of, but it really connected with me.

Jesus was never in a rush. Ever. 

Or at least we don’t get any indication of Him being in a rush and if it was a part of His character or day to day then surely one of the four gospel writers would have given even the smallest glimpse of it.

But Jesus never seemed to be in a hurry. He never got stressed by anything [except maybe religious people not being loving or kind or particularly God following].

And, as a result of Jesus not being in a hurry, at least two people died before He got to them. [Lazarus and the daughter of Jairus]

Sure He raised both of them to life again, but i think the point is still valid. Even preventing a death from happening didn’t shake up Jesus’ schedule.

So i do need to reflect on that and wonder what it means for me.

If i am ALWAYS in a rush… then my life is not going to resemble Jesus’ life a whole lot.

If my life is categorised by rush, stress, reaction to… then again, i might need to stop and reflect and change things up a bit.

passages like psalm 46.10 come to mind:Be still and know that I am God.

it is by remaining in Jesus that we bear fruit [John 15], but how often do we leave Jesus behind when we rush off to do “Jesus stuff”?

so how are you doing in this? and is there something you can do to start resembling Him more? [or maybe something you can stop doing?]

[and really, take a minute on this at least before rushing to click the next tab or answer the next piece of mail – don’t nod and agree and the rush on cos that would be completely missing the point – if you agree with this take a moment to consider some form of change…]

if you are always in a rush, are you really following Jesus [who never was]? 

so Thursday nite tbV and i went to a prayer-and-eats small group from the Re:Generation church we’ve been going to and that i preached at a couple of weeks ago.

it was all fun and games until one of the guys in the group mentioned something to me that another women had already told me at church the week after my preach [the experience which she had shared in common with two other women sitting near her at church making this the FOURTH person who had experienced the same thing]

turns out that for the most part everyone enjoyed my preach, but i had managed to confuse a bunch of people during one section of the preach when i started talking about the ‘God, You’re hot!’ phenomenon or movement that had been huge in South Africa. when i asked the congregation if ‘God, You’re hot!’ had been much of a big deal in this country no one really responded so i just put it down to ‘cultural difference’ and carried preaching up a storm.

Todd, who was the guy at our prayer-and-eat meet, said that he had gotten particularly interested when i said there was a verse in the Bible that spoke about ‘God, You’re hot!’ and he was all like? What? It says that in the Bible? And eagerly started to look it up.

Here is the verse, from the wise proverbs of King Solomon, chapter 4:

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.

Yup, that’s right… take a fairly well-known Proverb, sprinkle in a little heavy South African accent… and suddenly ‘Guard your heart’ is transformed into the slightly less scripturally back-up-able “GOD… YOU’RE… HOT!”

Anyways, the point being that those are the four people we ‘caught.’ And where there’s four, there’s at least five and so in some household somewhere in Oakland, two weeks ago, someone returned home from church and their spouse innocently asked, ‘So honey, what was the preach on?’ 

“I have no idea. Something about God being hot. I stopped listening…”

Two weeks ago i got to preach at a church called Re:Generation where tbV and i have been going and it was a lot of fun and they have just put my morning preach up on iTunes if any of you would like to listen to it [and hear what i sound like – wooooo] and the topic was ‘What to do when there is an obstacle in your path [and who put it there?’ or something like that:

http://recastweb.regenerationweb.com/media/GuestSpeakers/Brett_Anderson_08_04_13_AM.mp3

 

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