I’ve been thinking about the small, simple movements to being a disciple of Jesus. A lot of focus in ministry is placed on big dynamic changes in the world and in people’s lives. Getting married, having kids, dealing with financial difficulty, losing a loved one, addictions. Surely big events can have a huge impact on the course of our lives, but I’ve found that it’s often the big things that can actually keep us from experiencing long term growth. This is what I like to call “drama syndrome”.
For example, let’s say I make a plan to spend more time praying and meditating on scripture. But after a day of doing this, a big decision or relationship drama comes along and all of my focus goes there. The rationale becomes, “Well, once I get through this, I’ll get back to reading / praying / dealing with my stuff.”
Michael Pollan has this great quote about eating right: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” I think there is a parallel when it comes to our relationship with God. Maybe it would go something like this: “Do what God is doing. Nothing more. Mostly prayer.”
Life is too short to live from drama to drama. As a disciple of Jesus, I am most interested in what he is saying to me today, at the dawn of just another average Tuesday.