Tag: MEDITATION

MEDITATION FOR THE CHRISTIAN

Millions of people around the world meditate-why don’t Christians? My guess is that, apart from the sheer business of our existence, many Christians consider meditation to be an occultic, suspicious practice reserved for those wrapped up in Eastern religions: something the good Christian should steer well away from.

The truth is that meditation is something we can and most definitely should engage in, with great benefits to our physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and at the same time honoring God and doing exactly what He wants us to do! But what exactly is meditation?David, a “man after God’s own heart”, wrote in the Psalms about meditating on God (example Psalm 63). The word “meditate” is translated “think” in the NIV:

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night (verse 6).

The meaning of the word includes, according to Strongs, “The act of thoughtful deliberation with the implication of speaking to oneself-meditate”.

Jesus Christ said that we are to love God with our whole being, including our minds (Luke 10:27). God tells his people to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

We’re all busy trying to further our lives, and working to make things happen, and we forget that Christ…God…is not only in our life but is our life (Colossians 3:4). Without our God there is no life. Isn’t it a good idea, then, to think about Him?

In Eastern meditation the goal is generally (I confess I am no expert) to lose oneself, and to abandon your individual self and your connection with the world around you. I can see physical and emotional benefit in this. However, God instructs us to love Him with our minds, and as in the case of David, the goal and the focus is not to forget self, but to seek God, to know Him, and to consider deeply who and what He is and who we are in relation to Him.

At least once a day, get comfortable, get quiet, turn the TV and the phone off, and think about God. It’s not about what we want Him to do for us (although He cares). It’s not about us being “spiritual” or babbling to Him. It’s not even really, as some say, about us “listening” to hear what God has to say, except through His written Word. It’s about us knowing that He is there, that He is amazing beyond our comprehension, that He is our creator and sustainer, and that our life is entirely His.

BLOGGING FOR HEALTH

People have different motivations for writing a blog, but for me one of the best reasons is in its similarity to keeping a journal…

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In a journal, if we have the time for such a luxury, we record, we examine, we condense and clarify our thinking on life and on our view of our world. So in a blog. We have the opportunity not only to share our thoughts, but (and I hope I’m not exposing myself as being overly narcissistic or introspective here) we’re able to transport to the forefront of our minds and to organize many of those things lurking around in our sub-conscious.

There they are, sometimes like festering garbage to be thrown out; sometimes un-used tools or piles of unwashed clothes, languishing in the no-man’s land of our brain and soul, needing to be organized and focused or rejected, and needing to be put to use as functional and refined ideas and conclusions. Then we can move forward in our lives, and perhaps help others to do the same.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

A friend of mine who’s been dabbling in several religions and philosophies for many years including Buddhism, but who’s arrived at no particular view of truth (and probably never will) asked me if I meditate, and if so, what does Christian meditation entail…

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My answer was that whereas meditation within Buddhism and other philosophies is
designed to dismantle and “free” a person of self, and ultimately the “illusion” of
the world around, meditation in a Christian context is centered squarely on the
object of our faith and hope: God, and his son Jesus Christ.
Instead of “emptying” our minds we fill them with Him, and we do this through and by his
own Holy Spirit, who dwells in all true believers. The Spirit of God, in conjunction with his
written word, enables us to see more of Him, to examine ourselves, and to worship Him in
truth and holiness.
I was thinking about how valuable this kind of medition is in our present world. As we look
around, we see Truth being abandoned and lies embraced and promoted. We see freedom
under threat, even at the hands of some of our own leaders who have only their agenda and promotion in mind. We could, if we allowed ourselves, be in some despair or even
depression. But our antidote is the Spirit of our God, and our fellowship is with God and his Son.
Our victory is secure, our home is with the Creator of heaven and earth: we can’t lose.
So let’s keep our eyes on our great God and Savior. Let’s meditate on him and on his word
daily. Let’s lift ourselves, and so those around us, with the kind of intimacy that lasts, forever.