You are doing hard and holy things and, as we keep company with Jesus on the way toward Calvary, our hearts turn our attention to what we attend to… to what we keep paying attention to.
Because the reality is:
What we pay attention to – is how we spend our lives.
Pay attention mostly to the news – and we spend our one life on headlines.
Pay attention mostly to screens – and we spend our days mostly in a digital haze.
Pay attention mostly to the negative – and we spend the only life we have – on the very things that we wish weren’t.
It turns out? We gain more – of whatever we pay attention to.
So the question always really is: What do we actually really want more of?
“Attend to God – because this is the best way to tend to your own soul.”
Whatever way you gaze – grows greater.
Pay attention to Love – and you are loaned more Love.
Pay attention to the good and the beautiful – and you buy your soul more good and beautiful.
Attend to God – because this is the best way to tend to your own soul.
Attend to the Word-wind of His Spirit, attend to the way His Word speaks directly to you, to you, to you. Do more than listen to your life—listen to your Lord.
Still your soul right now – and attend to the voice of God speaking directly to you in this moment:
If you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. (Prov. 2:1-5)
Pay attention – so your soul doesn’t drift away.
Without daily attentiveness to the Way of Jesus Himself – we drift away.
“Attentiveness to the kindness of who He is, leads to the remembrance of all His lovingkindness, and in turn, this attentiveness acts as a compass in your soul, turning you on the way toward seeing all kinds of moments of coming grace.”
So, right now – still, still your soul … and attend to where your soul is.
Attend to who your soul says God is?
Is your soul afraid that God is a sleeper and a dozer and a drifter – that God is asleep on the throne? Is your soul concerned that God isn’t actually paying attention to you, that God doesn’t care, that God is indifferent to all the details of your life?
Still long enough – to truly attend to your soul – and who your soul says God is:
Can your soul say right now: My God is my Abba Father who holds the moon and the stars and the skies and He is my Father who always holds me.
Attend to how your soul focuses on who God is – and can say: My own Abba Father sits on the throne over the cosmos so I can walk in complete peace.
Pay Attention to how your day keeps turning to face God.
Curt Thompson, says in his book Anatomy of the Soul: “What you pay attention to, is what you will remember, and what you remember is what you will anticipate in the future.”
Pay attention to love, and your heart will remember that, and anticipate His love coming for you in the future.
Pay attention to good gifts – and you will see good gifts everywhere.
What you attend to – tends to grow.
Pay attention to who you say God is – because who you say God is, determines if you will spend your life in deep joy – or very lost.
Attentiveness to the kindness of who He is, leads to the remembrance of all His lovingkindness, and in turn, this attentiveness acts as a compass in your soul, turning you on the way toward seeing all kinds of moments of coming grace.
Pay attention, Soul. Where are you? Where are you in relation to Him?
Who do you say He is?
Whoever you say He is – determines the way your life will go.
Say He is failing at being a good God – and your life ultimately fails to go a good way.
Say He is a kind God – and your soul flourishes the kind of ways you always hoped.
Pay attention to the kindness of God – and you find the way to the kind of life you always dreamed of.
Today, by His grace, You are on the way when you realize:
What you attend to – tends to grow.
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Could you and I walk together, through this season toward the Cross and Easter?
Can we come upon a powerful experience, step into radically new resurrection life, an actual new way of life?
Spring is coming. Easter is coming. Hope and newness of life always arises!
This journey I’m personally inviting you into, “On the Way”, 40-plus days of Audio devotionals, is ultimately about keeping company with Jesus, The Way Himself, so our hearts are not only truly prepared to enter into all Easter means, but so we walk out of Resurrection Sunday morning, truly made new.