February 24, 2016

The last couple of weeks I’ve talked about inner reflection, looking within ourselves, especially now during Lent it just seems appropriate to do some self-examination.  And the last couple of weeks I’ve suggested some things we should examine…Faith and repentance, sin and our bent toward sin and how our view of God affects those things.  But I may have actually gotten the cart before the horse.

In order to actually look inwardly, do some soul searching, and take a look at our life requires that we do some preparation first.  We must put ourselves in positions to look…and hear.  Without a frame of mind and heart prepared to be probed, we stand little chance of finding anything.

Without a heart and mind prepared – laid open and bare – its like probing around and poking at a closed and locked container hoping to figure out what’s inside.

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So before we can actually do any self-examination we really need to find the peace, maybe even the quiet – gasp – to open ourselves. 

It just seems to me that there are so many distractions…distractions defined as things that steal our attention thereby stealing our much needed time of rest and reflection…and we rarely if ever get the chance to open that box to reveal what’s inside much less think about it.

I am convinced that unless we find the quiet inner peace we will not grow spiritually.  At least I find that to be true in my own life.

Just some things to think about…

Peace

Jim

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