The other day I was innocently driving along when suddenly I realized I had been arguing with someone in my mind over something that happened about a year ago, something I never brought up with them and never planned on bringing up. I was really letting them have it, and in my mind I felt vindicated because they were finally feeling terrible for the way they treated me.
I am a very, very disturbed individual.
Do you spend as much time as I do thinking about the future, reflecting on a recent rejection, regretting something said (or written) the day before, or wishing things could be just a little bit different?
If the brainwaves in your noggin are as overactive as mine, check out Henri Nouwen’s thoughts on thought and prayer:
Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is “unceasing.” Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love.
Let’s break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.
Join us this week at The Red as we talk about prayer.