Every Morning Is Different

I like my schedule and I am a creature of routine. I have even shared my Morning Routine here on the blog. But, I have learned to be okay with my rather varied practices and to not be so rigid that I turn every morning into a legal practice that has success/failure outcomes.

For example, on the mornings I run, I will listen to a daily entry from the Pray As You Go app. The mixture of song, scripture, and reflection hits all the marks for me – from scripture reading, prayer, and meditation. When I am not running, my mornings might start with a video meditation, or a reading of scripture, or short time of prayer. Sometimes, I just need more sleep and I unashamedly close my eyes for another 10-15 minutes. Some mornings, I just write on the blog and bang out an entry and do nothing else.

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As someone who has previously mapped out an hour and a half schedule each morning full of exercise, reading, prayer, and writing, to not have these constraints and more importantly, be okay with not having these constraints has been freeing. I am not advocating less discipline or that our prayer time or scripture reading doesn’t deserve our utmost intention, what I am presenting is the permission to lighten your spiritual load, not to be lazy but to be more fruitful.

By letting your routine have a little flexibility, you create grace with yourself and you start to see the big picture of your spiritual growth rather than the minute to minute pass/fail. Growing Up in Christ is a lifelong endeavor; we won’t miss out on Christlikeness if we fail to read the Bible for a full 15 minutes today. But if we throw out the entire practice because we can’t ever seem to get our schedule or motivation to work out right, then we are not Growing Up.

So, despite what may be going on this day, I try to make the following a priority during the week: meditation, prayer, scripture reading, writing, reading a book on Christian living or Spiritual Growth, and music. I may not get to each one every day but by the end of the week, I will have read a couple of chapters in the Bible, written a blog post, reflected on scripture or a truth about God, intentionally listened to music to quiet my soul and mind, and prayed for specific needs and growth.

For your purposes, make a list of your own spiritual priorities and schedule these things out if you find it helpful and it keeps you moving toward a goal. Just make sure the doing is more important than the scheduling and be gentle with yourself.

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Christian Life Hacker 101: Christians Can Meditate Too

Back in 2009, Paul McCartney reunited with Ringo Starr during a benefit concert. This event marked the first time that the two surviving Beatles had performed together since 2002. What was the cause that brought out these legends of Rock and Roll? Transcendental Meditation (TM).

Film director David Lynch was hosting this concert to help raise money for his Foundation, which is trying to get TM to be a part of the curriculum of public schools. In this form of Eastern meditation, the idea is to empty your mind of everything so that you can be connected to a transcendent consciousness.

This form of meditation is in stark contrast to Christian meditation, which instead of emptying the mind seeks to fill the mind with God. Psalms 1 describes a person who is so delighted in God that he “meditates on his law day and night.” Eastern meditation wants to remove all desires while Christian mediation wants to increase in what God desires. Eastern Meditation wants to bring the individual to a trance like state while Christian mediation wants to bring the individual to a worshipful state.

Christians should not be alarmed if they hear someone discussing Christian meditation. They should not think that their faith has been overrun by Eastern religious influences. They should realize that spending time filling one’s mind with thoughts of God, his words from scripture, his love, and work on Earth, could be one of the most beneficial practices they could ever participate in.