Just do it are the famous three words that made Nike a household name. It implied whatever the activity do whatever it takes to get it done. A significant hindrance in practicing Mindful Christianity or any meditation is I just don’t want to practice it right now.
There are a thousand reasons not to spend the time to focus our attention on Christ or to practice living fully aware of what is going on with us in the present moment. I don’t have time right now; I have other tasks I need to get done. I need to call someone, finish a work project or I want to zone out and not focus my thinking on anything of substance right now.
However, to be successful and persevere at anything you must be willing to make the sacrifice to accomplish it. To become quiet and still and focus on the present moment we need to understand our mind can be as agitated and fidgety as our body. The natural state of our mind scurries about with countless problems and thoughts popping like popcorn in our heads. It takes work to let go and release our fearful thoughts and uncomfortable feelings to meditate and live in the present moment in the presence of God. (Calming My Restless Mind)
One of the most significant struggles in meditation is the aspect of your performance and the standards and requirements you place upon yourself. You feel if you meditate and you’re unable to experience peace of mind or the presence of God you failed, or you’re doing it wrong. The goal of Mindful Christianity is not striving or forcing you to become more aware of Christ’s presence. The goal over time is that through focusing your mind and heart upon Christ as a daily practice, you will become more Christ-like in your actions as you accept your shortcomings and by releasing your fears and failures to Christ.
I encourage you to find time each morning or a time that works best for you so you can focus daily on becoming still and aware of practicing the presence of God. The goal is intimacy with God to get alone and practice in the silence so you can listen and discern the voice and will of God. When we practice listening over and over again, there is a voice that speaks in our inner being offering peace, contentment, and hope. However, to find that order you must take the time to meditate so that the cares of the world and everything that forces you to think about everything but Christ is no longer in control of your life. Meditation: Just do it.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 NIV
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. Psalm 119:148 NIV
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