Presently, I’m reading the book “Letters by a Modern Mystic” by Frank C. Laubach. The book is simply his entry journals from his time in the Philippines from 1930-31 when he was attempting to live in a conscious moment-by-moment relationship with God. His aim was to literally be thinking about and/or talking with God each and every minute of his day regardless of what he might be doing. I would highly encourage you to go pick up a copy. I’ve provided a link at the bottom of this entry that will take you straight to this book on Amazon. Anyway, let me get to what I want to share from this gem.
As I was reading today Laubach’s entry for June 1, 1930, he made a statement that was incredibly simple, yet crucial for a vibrant relationship with the Father and non-negotiable if we are to make a difference in the lives of those placed in our path. Here’s the passage:
“This week with its failures and successes has taught me one new lesson. It is this: ‘I must talk about God, or I cannot keep Him in my mind. I must give Him away in order to have Him.’ This is the law of the spirit world. What one gives one has, what one keeps to oneself one loses. Do you suppose that through all eternity the price we will need to pay for keeping God will be that we must endlessly be giving Him away?”
After reading this and re-reading this several more times, I began pondering what my typical day looks like in relation to my awareness of God throughout my day and how much I give Him away. I wouldn’t say I’m a complete failure at this, but sadly most of my days are spent simply surviving the day, living in a much smaller story than I was meant to live. But I’m intrigued by same question Frank Laubach posed….”What would it look like if I were in constant, minute-by-minute communion with the Father.” Heck, what would it look like if it were just hour-by-hour….if I made a concerted effort to think about and talk to God just once every hour of the day. My guess is that my world would be much different, less stress, less worry, more joy.
I’m convinced that my world would be drastically changed and that is a good thing. But what I believe would be impacted most, would be those around me. Think about it! If we were to be continually focusing our thoughts, motives, actions, and hearts on God, the lives of the people around us would be transformed. How would I parent differently, how would that impact my relationship with my wife, what about the high school students I teach each day, and most importantly, how would my life impact all the people that come across my path that are hurting and searching and crying out for hope, something to believe in? The implications are huge…the stakes are eternal!
In Psalm 19:14 the psalmist says:
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
We aren’t after this just for our sake. If we’re living out the mission of Jesus (to bind up broken hearts and set captives free), then our calling, our desire is that our lives not only impact others, but transform their hearts. So, could it be that Laubach’s lesson really is at the heart of the Gospel? Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-39 that the two greatest commandments were to love the Lord and love others. So, we must give Him away to others and in turn that continually draws Him closer to ourselves. Sounds accurate to me.
So, are you continually giving others Jesus? Giving them love, forgiveness, grace, truth, boldness, compassion, hope? This is the way to the heart of God. How I long to know and live from the heart of God. Let us give Him away!
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