Sitting with God

Nothing gets the day started like sitting with God.

Just sitting.

Some days as my sitting comes to a close I feel eager to begin the activities of the day.

Other days I don’t want my sit to end, I just wish I could continue this special communion a little longer.

Today I want to keep sitting with God, but my heart is full and I know I’m ready for the day, come what may.

As my sit ends, I am already looking forward to this special time tomorrow.

Sitting with God.

Just sitting.

Breathe

Inhale.

Exhale.

Repeat.

Without thinking.

Without effort.

Just breathe.

As two friends are struggling to breathe, I am reminded how easy it is to take functional lungs for granted.

Inhale.

Exhale.

Repeat.

Without thinking.

Without effort.

Just breathe.

Lord, have mercy.

Fully Present

I try. I really do. I try to be fully present in conversations.

I try to lock on to the person talking. I try to listen to each word. I try to respect my conversation partner. I try to deeply listen.

I try, and often I do.

But there was this conversation I was in a couple of weeks ago when, try as I might, I was not fully present. And all of a sudden I had this startling realization that I was in the middle of a conversation and I was not focused.

Have you ever had that feeling?

I was disappointed in myself. I felt as though I had disrespected my conversation partner.

It has been a couple of weeks and I still remember. I don’t want to forget the feeling.

I am going to keep trying. I’m not going to give up on myself.

Generosity

So a billionaire announced in a speech at the Morehouse College graduation assembly that he and his family were creating a grant to pay the school loan debt of the entire graduating class.

Think of how great it must feel to receive a gift like that. Did you see the looks on the faces of graduates as they realized the significance of what was being announced?

And think of how great it must feel to give a gift like that. That grant has the potential of changing a lot of lives.

I’ve read lists from several people declaring all the lavish gifts they would give if only they were billionaires.

But maybe those of us who are not billionaires would be better off looking for ways to bless people now, with what we do have, rather than waiting until we get our first billion.

You and I may not be billionaires, but we can generously use whatever we do have today to bless others.