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Sunday, August 26, 2007

How do you not forget? - Part 1

Earlier this month a friend of mine asked me a question in an email. Truthfully, I am not sure why he asked it of me. I am by no means an authority. I am just a traveler on the way. And I have lots to learn.

The question was: "How do you keep talking to God throughout the day? I mean, how do you not forget?"

Although I do forget and I am nowhere close to unceasing prayer as Paul urges followers of Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:17), I have several things that I do practice that have helped me in my endeavor to keep God in my thoughts and keep my heart set on him. I will be sharing them in this blog over the next several posts.

The first is that I know that my life is hidden with Christ in God. I have and do meditate on this thought found in one of Paul's letters to young followers of Christ in the first century (Colossians 3:3). There are other places in the Christian Scriptures that speak of my life being in Christ, or Christ living in me as well. This is a key thought to me. I have only one life. And it is hidden with Christ in the God.

This means that all of my life is sacred. I do not have a home life, a work life, a family life, a social life, etc I have a God life .. .it is hidden in him. If that is true then he is in all my life from the most mundane and normal activities to the most exciting and unusual. And if my life is in him, and he is in my life, then all my life can be worship. Strange thought, but true.

Not only is my one life hidden with Christ in God but in him I live and move and have my being. This thought is from a sermon given by Paul recorded in Acts 17:28. God surrounds me and moves all around me. I look for him in my day. I look for signs of his love. I recognize his care and protection. I see his actions as I live my life.

To me these two thoughts are key to the question ... "How do you keep talking to God throughout the day? I mean, how do you not forget?" As I have meditated more on them and continue to invest myself in the truth of them, it becomes harder to forget to talk to the One who loves me like that.