A little bit at a time.

Over at Socialmediachaplain.com, I’ve been running the 7×7 project. 7 minutes a day, 7 days a week on listening to God. It’s about 5 minutes of reading and a couple minutes of asking God a question and then shutting up.

We started on February 22. We finished the book of Mark yesterday. That’s a whole gospel in 3 weeks reading about 5 minutes a day.

Did anyone have time in that commitment for deep study? Not really. 5 minutes isn’t a long time. But we did go through one whole version of the story of Jesus (even if it was the shortest).

I’m very aware of the power of little consistent choices right now. Small changes in eating and exercise add up to pounds of change. Small conversations with God add up to deeper understanding.

But I’m curious.

In my eating changes, I’m looking at the nutrition information more than ever. I’m aware of added sugar, of gratuitous fats. I’m consistently making better choices. Now, after a couple months, I look at some snacks and say, “I’ve worked too hard to waste it on that.”

So I’m wondering about the nutritional information labels on words? Which blogs posts are empty calories, filling me up without providing nutrients, taking time that could have been spent on other words, or maybe on silence? Which books are filled with more sugar than fiber? Which essays are very nutritious for others, but are deadly for someone learning how to focus? Which of the paragraphs that I write are full of transfats when other ways of cooking them up would be healthier?

Today at 7×7, I’m pointing to a short song sung by Jewish pilgrims once a year or so. It’s a song about intentionally being quiet, intentionally looking away from many things to just one thing.

A little bit at a time.

4 thoughts on “A little bit at a time.

  1. Frank Reed

    Jon,

    Sounds like we are on a similar path these daus. I appreciate the results of paying closer attention and simply caring more.

    A good friend of mine suggested I read “Today We Are Rich” by Tim Sanders (he wrote “Love Is the Killer App”) . It had been one of the best “inputs” of information I have had in a very long time. Just wanted to share with you.

    Take care, Jon, and God bless.

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  2. Rich Dixon

    Maybe a daily blog is more like exercise. Maybe you don’t evaluate the individual paragraphs (workouts) but the long-term, cumulative effects.

    One great workout–or blog post–doesn’t change much. What matters is plugging away, showing up. You make each workout as good as possible, but it’s the overall change that matters. That’s how your blog feels to me. I may not recall individual paragraphs, but I’m in better spiritual shape from the continual process.

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  3. Hugh McDevitt

    Thought you might enjoy this musical setting of Psalm 131 by Jeffrey Van. One of my all-time favorite pieces to sing and direct:

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