[dc]I[/dc] don’t know about you, but when it comes to walking with God, I need a lot of practice. One of the best books that helps me do this is a 400 year old book called The Practice of the Presence of God by an amazing old monk named Brother Lawrence. If you want simple and clear spiritual direction on the spiritual life, Brother Lawrence’s words are filled with wisdom and insight. As a cook in a monastery, he learned to practice the loving presence of God chopping carrots and making stew. Here’s a taste of what he’s serving…
Brother Lawrence writes…
“We should guard ourselves with extreme care lest we should do, say or think anything that might be displeasing to God.
When any such thing happens, we need to repent of it immediately and humbly seek His forgiveness.
The second is a great faithfulness in the practice of His Presence, and in keeping with the soul’s gaze fixed on God in faith, calmly, humbly, lovingly, without allowing anxious care and worries to enter in.
Make it your study before taking up any task to look to God, if only for a moment. Do this often while you are performing the task, and also when you have finished.
Since this cannot become a habitual practice without time and great patience, do not be disheartened at your many failures. This habit can only be formed with difficulty, but once it is formed, your joy in it will be great!
The heart is the first thing in us to have life, and it has dominion over all the body. Therefore it is right that it should be the first and last to love and worship God, both when we begin and end our actions, whether they are spiritual or bodily.
Questions: How might practicing the presence of God develop a greater love for God? How can you apply Brother Lawrence’s practices to your personal and professional life? How might his words make a difference in your creative endeavors?
The Practice of the Presence of God is also available in the Kindle.