Discipleship Part XVII
In this series of posts, I am sharing some short thoughts from each chapter of Dallas Willard’s book The Great Omission and then some brief personal reflections.
Chapter Sixteen: Letters by a Mystic
I was touched by the list of themes that Willard pulled from Laubach’s Letters by a Modern Mystic. Submission to the will of God means cooperation with God in the moment-to-moment activities that make up our daily existence. This corporation is achieved through continuous inner conversation with God. That conversation in turn is, from our side, a matter of keeping God constantly before the mind. One learns to keep God constantly in mind by experimentation, by trying various experiential devices, until the habit of constant God-thought is established. Then God permeates the self and transforms its world and its relations to others into God’s field of constant action, in which all of the promises of Christ’s gospel are realized in abundance of life. It is possible for all people under all conditions to establish this habit if they make constant effort and experiment within their particular circumstances to discover how it can be done (199,2000).
This reminds me of brother Lawerence who learned to practice the presence of God in everything he did. He practiced God’s presence whether he washed dishes or shared the word. May God give me – us – the grace to live in such a way that practicing his presence is as natural as breathing to us.