A message from Thomas Paukovitz
Hello Anchor Family! I hope all of you are having a fantastic week and enjoying this amazing weather. I am also hoping that none of you are reading this within the first 30 minutes of your day.... If you recall, I challenged you to a couple of things this week: take the first 30 minutes of the day to spend away from TV, phone, etc. and spend it with God and: during dinner time, spend time with just your friends and family, no devices. Hope it has been a blessing to you as it has been to me.
This week, in our message we are going to talk about excitement. What is the most you have ever been excited? For me, I think back to when I played basketball at Johnson University. It was my senior year, and we were in our regional tournament championship. We were playing the perennial powerhouse of the region, and it was a tough game. But as the end of the game starts winding down, I can see that we are winning by a good margin. The clock can't seem to move fast enough, our team is playing so hard and working hard to play tough defense. Finally, we see the clock click down to the final seconds, I look over to our bench and just see our coach about to fall over. Game Over! Our team rushes the court in celebration as we won our first regional championship in the past 10 years! I just remember the feel of joy and exhilaration that we had, and we were on top of the world.
When have you felt like that? What time did you feel just like life could not get any better? Come out to Tioga at 10 AM on Sunday and lets talk about it! (Wear your favorite team's clothing!)
Reviewing the Day with God
- Be still for a moment and quiet your mind.
- Acknowledge that Jesus is present. Invite him to teach you.
- Go back in your mind to when you first woke up. Watch the scene, as if on video. This may lead you to pray for patience, greater love, courage, forgiveness, or other virtues.
- Continue through the day, going from scene to scene. As you reflect on them, some scenes may fill you with gratitude, others with regret. Speak directly to the Lord about this. You may also be led to pray for some of the people you were interacting with during the day.
- End with a prayer of thanksgiving for God's mercy and love. Ask him to refresh you as you sleep.
- Find a place where you can be uninterrupted and alone, such as a park or a retreat center.
- Spend a brief time the night before to get ready, to ask God to bless the day, and to tell him you want to devote the day to him. This day is your gift to God, but even more, it is a gift God wants to give you. What do you need from the Lord: a sense of healing and forgiveness? Conviction for an apathetic heart? Compassion? A renewed sense of mission? Ask him for this.
- Arrange the day around listening to God. The following format is adapted from Glandion Carney's book The Spiritual Formation Toolkit.
8:00-9:00 Prepare your mind and heart, take a walk or do whatever will help you set aside concerns over tasks and responsibilities. Try to arrange your morning so you can remain in silence from the time you awaken.
9:00-11:00 Read and meditate on Scripture, taking time to stop to reflect when God seems to be speaking to you through the text.
11:00-12:00 Write down responses to what you have read. Speak to God about them.
1:00-2:00 Take a nap.
2:00-3:00 Set goals that emerge from the day's reflection.
3:00-4:00 Write down these goals and other thoughts in a journal. You may want to do this in the form of a letter to God. Prepare to re-enter society.
Ortberg, John. The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Pub. House, 1997. Print.