Even fine spiritual Followers of the Way can get swept up in the flurry of activity, parties, planning and, whatever at the end of December and to start the new calendar. As the culture-imposed hectic season begins to wind down a worthy exercise would now make sense, to assess why we do what we do the way we do.

The Bible actually speaks to this, “Blessed is the person who does not follow the advice of wicked people, take the path of sinners, or join the company of mockers. Rather, they delight in the teachings of the Lord and reflect on his teachings day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2 God’s Word, slightly edited).

Thomas à Kempis on Mount Saint Agnes - (1569)

Thomas à Kempis on Mount Saint Agnes – (1569) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, in all that went on, did you find time to “reflect”, or did your personal or couple or family time for God-thinking get pushed aside?

Here is some 400 year-old advice that strikes to the heart of our culture, “Seek a suitable time for leisure and meditate often on the favors of God. Leave curiosities alone. Read such matters as bring sorrow to the heart rather than occupation to the mind. If you withdraw yourself from unnecessary talking and idle running about, from listening to gossip and rumors, you will find enough time that is suitable for holy meditation” (The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis, Ch. 20).

So, what keeps you from regular and persistent spiritual conversation with God?

  1. unnecessary talking
  2. idle running about
  3. listening to gossip and rumors

Hmm

What if you did

  1. NOT follow the advice of wicked people
  2. NOT take the path of sinners
  3. NOT join the company of mockers

And replace that with “ delight in the teachings of the Lord”.

Hmm

Put that in your “New Year’s resolution” bucket and list it!