Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
It’s incredibly easy to allow ourselves to live in a place of mediocrity, and in the mediocrity, we almost remain in a livable balance of despair. Life isn’t great, nor is it unbearable. It’s just another day. Our Lord doesn’t desire ‘just another day’ for His beloved.
In the depths of our hearts we know that we were created for greatness; how do we respond to that desire in our hearts?
One path that many of us follow is trying to make a plan. We think really hard about what we think could make us happy. We might ask our close friends, and our family, what they think we should do with our life—or how to handle a certain situation. These aren’t bad ways to respond to our desire, but what if those think tank conversations and hours of pondering leave you feeling empty and hopeless?
The plan of the Lord stands forever. Our world, our lives, are full of the goodness of the Lord. Your path to heaven is full of the goodness of the Lord. Even when it’s confusing. Where? How? Ask Him. The plan of the Lord that stands forever culminates with you and Him being together. That’s where we should start in finding the goodness around us. Go to Him, and trust that He is gazing on you in Love. His Love is the plan, but that lofty truth might still leave you feeling a little empty as the practical pressures of life close in. Where am I supposed to work and study? Who am I supposed to be vulnerable with? How am I supposed to get along with my family?
Be at peace. The Lord is working in the most practical parts of your life too. We might think He’s too busy with the big picture stuff, how could He help me with these everyday questions. His love is limitless. Give Him the time to open wide your eyes to the goodness of today, and tomorrow, of every moment of life. Give thanks that you have a God who is intimately involved in your well-being.
The plan of the Lord stands forever. Our Lord has a plan of love, a plan of perfect joy for you. Today, let us live life with the confidence that we are taken care of by Love Himself.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
How do I respond to the desire for greatness that I was created for in my heart?
What would make me truly happy?
Where am I supposed to work and study? Who am I supposed to be vulnerable with? How am I supposed to get along with my family?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
The Lord has a plan for my life.
The Lord's plan is good.
I will follow you Lord.
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Take some time today to journal or talk with a close friend or family member about the question "what would make me truly happy?". This is an important question for us all to answer, determine where the Lord fits in, and where our own plans fit as well. When we can rest in the Holy Spirit, God's Plan, and his desire for our great happiness, we will find peace in the midst of trouble.
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