This month we will be taking a reprieve from the noise to explore 31 conversations from the front porch day 2. You can follow the rest of the series here.
Day 2: What the World Demands
There are a whole host of demands on my life…
Whether it is people actually being demanding or the demands that I place upon myself.
Whether I work or stay at home as a mother… I am still a mother, wife, daughter, friend.
No matter the age or the season of life there will always be demands and priorities and requirements…
but the question that should trump all others, “What does God require of me?”
Or if you are not one who believes in God – “What does the Universe require of me?” “What does the Divine require of me?”
“…Remember your journey…when I, the Lord, did everything I could to teach you about my faithfulness. What can we bring to the Lord to make up for what we’ve done? Should we bow before God with offerings…? …Would that please the LORD? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for the sins of our souls? Would that make him glad? No, O people, the Lord has already told you what is good, and this is what he requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:5-8 NLT).
If you whittle down the list of the demands you live under and begin to focus on the ones that God expects – that the Universe requests – you will begin to find that there are NOT many demands that are essential to living life well.
You do have a choice.
From the Front Porch,
Exercises For Your Own Front Porch Conversation
“…Silence is frightening because it strips us as nothing else does, throwing us upon the stark realities of our life. It reminds us of death, which will cut us off from this world and leave only us and God. And in that quiet, what if there turns out to be very little to ‘just us and God’? Think what it says about the inward emptiness of our lives if we must always turn on the tape player or radio to make sure something is happening around us” (Dallas Willard).
an insistent and peremptory request, made as if by right.synonyms: request, call, command, order, dictate, ultimatum, stipulation
Draw a picture of a box and fill that box with that list of demands – the ones that others place upon you and the ones that you place upon yourself. List what the voices shout, what the bullies accuse. Fill that box with the requirements, priorities, obligations and demands that tend to flood over into your life. Use the box to help you answer the questions below.
Questions to Consider:
- What demands do you place on yourself?
- What demands do others place upon you?
- I think we allow demands – spoken and unspoken to flood over into our lives until we are suffocating. Oftentimes we don’t even realize the demands that have infiltrated our lives until it is too late. We take up what we should never have touched because someone asked it of us, or because of a sense of duty/obligation. Nothing kills the spirit quite like doing something out of duty or because we lack the ability to speak a clear, “No.”
- What demands are you carrying that you should not have ever picked up?
- How can you gracefully – or not so gracefully – let them go?
Act of Worship: Keep it simple. Baby steps. Prayer/Meditation. Get alone. Get quiet. While in a posture of sitting release the busy. As I sit I like to place all my hurts, issues, drama in a box and then offer up that box of demands to God. Release the box. Open your hands. Sit. Rest in silence.
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