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).
I have a five year old daughter, and one day, she wanted to run around the house wearing high heel shoes. The shoes were like a million sizes too big. Now I can't see into the future or anything, but I am a mom. I knew that if she did that, she'd fall flat on her face. I expressed my concern and that she should not do that. But she wanted to do it with such a passion that she did. And guess what happened? She fell flat on her face and there were SO many tears. She looked at me like, "Why did you let me do that?" And I just stared at her with the, "Really?" look on my face.
But seriously. How often does this happen in our lives? Many times our desires lead us in certain directions, and we get so focused on them that we miss the things that will actually bring us joy and life. In today's first reading, we read about what to avoid and what to pursue. God knows our humanity. He knows that certain things will appeal to us. We will feel that pull towards money and fame. We will feel that pull towards the easy way. "But you, man of God, avoid all this." It's like me telling my daughter not to run in the high heels. The Lord tells us to avoid things that will cause us pain. How many pains have come from focusing on money or accumulating all the things in my life? The Lord urges us to "lay hold of eternal life to which you were called." Our hearts and actions need to be directed towards heaven. The choices we make everyday can either lead us towards life with God or lead us astray. Every day we have the choice to pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love and gentleness. When we rise in the morning, we can recommit and refocus on what we should pursue that day. The Lord is not telling us not to run. He's giving us the right shoes so that we won't fall flat on our faces. He wants us to run so as to win.
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.
Do you ever find yourself doing the things you know the Lord (or your parents) would tell you to avoid just because you think you know better?
Are you running this race in the wrong shoes? Seeking to do things that are not from the Lord?
Have you ever asked the Lord where He wants you to be? What He wants you to be doing right now?
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.
"I want to follow you."
"Lead me. I'll follow."
"Help me find the right shoes."
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?
Spend ten extra minutes in silent prayer today asking the Lord where He wants you to be right now. Even though 'life is super busy' and it's Friday night, take the time to offer 10 minutes in silence: phone off, computer closed, tv quiet, no one else around.
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