Time to stop and reflect is one of the hardest disciplines for a follower of Jesus. Jesus often went out to be on His own in prayer. It is that undivided time and focus that creates space for genuine reflection on Father God, to hear from the Lord and know Him. The Psalmist said:
'Be still and know that I am God' Ps 46:10 The beauty of what the Psalmist writes is that being still before God comes with a promise - that we can really know that God is God....
But something about our culture and the access to entertainment like media and TV makes stopping so hard. Not only do we need to work long hours, but more than ever, we desire leisure time and over the last 40 years, western culture has increased its actual leisure time by 20%. But our demand for free time grows, and is higher than it has ever been. This tells us that while there is nothing wrong with leisure time, it is a thirst that cannot be quenched.
That brings us to our Sunday Series on the art of reflection. The art of reflection seems hard but it could not be simpler.
The importance of art of not so much formulas or rules or how to's, but purpose and creativity and thought and reflection - and that means stopping.
Create time and space in your life to improve your art of reflection - and experience again what it means to be still and know that God is God.
Download the Series Booklet Here
On Sunday 4 February, our Church will be having a sharing service, so please come prepared with some of your reflections to encourage and share with the Church.