Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Finding Rest Part 02 - Fully Alive

She was elderly and very sweet. I was intrigued with the way she never asked, “How are you?” No, she would look you in the eye and ask, “So, what’s alive in you today?”

It’s a good question. It’s something to think on. Pause right now and ask yourself, “Where did I feel most alive today, most hopeful, most near God?”

Also ask, “Where did I feel most lifeless, most despairing, farthest from God?

Be a better steward of your memory and let it work for you as you review your day. Let it propel you onward in the good things of life.

When we pause to examine our moments of life and lifelessness in the course of a day, we can track the wind of God’s Spirit in our lives. We can train the rhythm of our hearts.

Quiet yourself and reflect on your day. When were you most alive? Most empty? What was going on in that moment? Allow God to use your memory to draw you on. Press on to all God has for you. Allow recall to train your restlessness in the direction God wants you to go.

So far today, can you define the moment you felt most alive? Ask God to sharpen your thoughts so you can grow in the good plans He has for your life today.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NLT)

Inspired by Mark Buchanan’s book, “The Rest of God” chapter 15.

prayer & reflection

Father God,
Thank you that Your plan for me is to be fully alive. Help me to be aware of my thoughts and to allow you to change my thinking as I draw near to You.
In Jesus’ name, amen.