“Contemplation prevents burnout. Action without reflection can easily become barren and even bitter. Without the space of self-examination and the capacity for rejuvenation, the danger of exhaustion and despair is too great. Contemplation confronts us with the questions of our identity and power. Who are we? To whom do we belong? Is there a power that is greater than ours? Drivenness must give way to peacefulness and anxiety to joy. Strategy grows into trust, success into obedience, planning into prayer.” Jim Wallis
“When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being. Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went away into Arabia, and later I returned to the city of Damascus.” Galatians 1:16b, 17 NLT [Paul, the apostle, describing his response when God called him]
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- Have you experienced the dangers from “exhaustion and despair” and “barrenness and bitterness” that can occur in ministry, politics, or just in the demands of everyday life?
- Is your life or ministry characterized by drivenness? If so, think about what that might say about you – your motives – what you’re trusting.
- Have you created spaces in your regular routine for “self-examination and … rejuvenation?” Can you make a plan now to do at least one thing differently even this day?
Abba, I relax in you, I bask in your love, and I trust you to do what only you can do in my life and world today.
For More: The Soul of Politics by Jim Wallis
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Over and over again, I catch myself stressing out about my future plans or aspirations, when all the while I should really be living with the trust and confidence that God has an amazing plan for my (and everyone’s) life. Contemplation and a commitment to constant realignment with God’s desires for us are crucial.
Well said Tim. Thanks.