Meditation

You know how it goes. Something seems like a good idea. It might be an opportunity to do something meaningful. Then life gets in the way. That often seems to be the case with blogs.

There have not been any new posts here since the end of 2010. There still may be some good to be done, though, so I’m going to give it another shot. I pray that you will find something here to assist you as you try to strengthen your walk with God.

“Be anxious for nothing,” Paul urges in Philippians 4:6-9, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (NASB)

Our fast-paced world thrives on multitasking. (Perhaps this skill should be defined as “simultaneously doing several things poorly.”) We are “blessed” with laptop computers that allow us the privilege of taking our work home with us. We have cell phones that enable us to be reached anywhere at any time. They make it possible for us to talk while we are walking down the aisle of the grocery store or while we are driving our cars. (Of course, my conversations are important and even crucial. Conversations of others, however, are rude, annoying and even downright dangerous if those talkers are behind the wheel.)

On the other hand, our modern culture has no place for reflection or meditation. We don’t ponder. We act. After all, he who hesitates is lost.

How much time and energy do we spend every day serving our physical needs? How much of our day is devoted to feeding our physical bodies? (I started to include a question about how much time we spend preparing our meals every day, but then I realized the foolishness of that concept in the modern world of fast food, take-out and frozen dinners.) How much time, energy and money are allocated to clothing our physical bodies? How much time, energy and money are dedicated to our earthly houses? How much time do we spend reading newspapers and magazines, or watching television or listening to the radio? How much time do we spend on our computers, tablets and smart phones? How much time and energy are set aside for our spiritual nourishment, clothing, shelter and enlightenment? How much time to we set aside for reflection and meditation?

Certainly, “meditation” evokes negative vibes for many. It is associated with monasticism or Oriental transcendentalism. It is probably not something that a good Christian would want to do. As is often the case, we forfeit something beneficial because of abuses. And abuses such as those in the popular religious world often reflect a germ of genuine need. What, then, can we do with Paul’s instructions? Will we decline to let our minds dwell on that which is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and of good repute, that which is excellent and worthy of praise?

It is not only all right for a Christian to devote time to meditation; it is expected. It is commanded. To avoid the baggage that accompanies the word, though, perhaps we can think of it as “reflection” or “contemplation” or “devotional.” We can see it as allowing our minds to dwell on that which is excellent and worthy of praise.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer,” David requests in Psalm 19:14.

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1 Response to Meditation

  1. Marvin Platner says:

    Then there are us that claim we are “busy”…..just another excuse….

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