Find your place to think, reflect

By Gerry Lewis | Published Saturday, August 4, 2018

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Do you have a special place to think – a spot where you consistently go to ponder your life and what you are doing on this planet?

I am operating under the assumption that every person can and should spend time in intentional contemplation.

Why am I here? What is next? How will I approach today? How will I contribute to the world? How can I be sure that I am truly living and not just existing?

I have those thoughts almost every day. Several days per week, I write a few words of encouragement to others who are willing to take a few moments to ponder with me.

Those ponderings and the subsequent writing usually happens in one of two places.

The first is my rocking chair by the front window of our home, where almost every day begins with a cup of coffee, a protein bar, my guitar, and my Bible. I sing, pray, read, contemplate and begin sharing thoughts that have arisen during the previous hour or so. It’s a very in-the-moment process.

The second place is just down the hall in what used to be my son’s bedroom. It’s now my home office, and I sit at a desk that I made out of an upright grand piano. This writing usually has more of a plan and results in a blog and newspaper column.

Because of travel this week, I’m pondering and writing at 30,000 feet. I’m typing on my iPhone, while seated in the middle seat of row 13 on a Delta Airlines flight to Atlanta.

Since I’m in the middle seat, it’s too much of a hassle to get to my bag in the overhead bin to reach the headphones I forgot to grab. So, while the people on either side of me watch movies, I’m taking the opportunity for unexpected pondering and writing.

My current airborne context reminds me of a quote that I often use as a personal reminder: “Wherever you are, be all there.”

The pilot just made an announcement that the current turbulence we are experiencing will likely be with us the rest of the way. Thankfully, that’s only another 30 minutes or so. But this is where I am. I can’t do anything about the turbulence. All of can do is choose my actions and attitude as we ride it out.

That’s life, isn’t it? Unexpected turbulence happens. Plans go awry. We have to trust the skills of people we don’t know. That’s where we are in those moments in time.

So, will we be all there? Will we pay attention to what God may be saying to us in the turbulence? Will we focus our attention and faith on his loving care and remember that our lives matter to Him.

Turbulence is temporary. How we approach it may give us something permanent.

Dr. Gerry Lewis, author, blogger, church consultant and leadership coach, serves as executive director of the Harvest Baptist Association in Decatur.

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