My 5 year old loves to play with his little toys and use his imagination. This is normal and good for a little kid, but the unique thing is what he calls this time...he calls it "thinking." He will tell us, for example, that he wants to go to his room and think. It's cute and funny and makes people laugh; but I wonder if we shouldn't all be a bit more like him.
Would it be so bad if we all spent a little less time "doing" and bit more time "thinking" or even "praying." We seem so bent on action all the time and define our lives by how much we accomplish each day...but what if the measure of a life well lived isn't just how much you do; but how much time you spend with God or even alone with your dreams, thoughts and hopes.
Martin Luther once said, "I have so much to do today that I'm going to need to spend three hours in prayer in order to be able to get it all done." It's a fun quote, but rarely do any of us seem to see the need to follow this example. What if prayer (something you do that doesn't seem to have any immediate outcomes) actually allowed us to change the world in much more powerful ways because we are inviting God to be a part, or even better...allowing God to transform us so that we become a part of what He is up to. Our perceived in-action would actually be what makes us successful on a whole different scale than those who rush into life without taking time to think or pray first.
So I encourage you to think. I encourage you to pray. Find a place to do it (Jesus suggested a closet, but I find nature to be better for me). Find time to do it (block it out in your calendar if you have to). Take 5 minutes or an hour or a day if you can and do nothing other than think, dream and pray.
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