Sculpting Project 19: Spirit Ears Week 2
January 20, 1930
. . . Although I have been a minister and a missionary for fifteen years, I have not lived the entire day of every day in minute by minute effort to follow the will of God. Two years ago a profound dissatisfaction led me to begin trying to line up my actions with the will of God every fifteen minutes or every half hour. Other people to whom I confessed this intention said it was impossible. I judge from what I have heard that few people are really trying even that. But this year I have started out trying to live all my waking moments in conscious listening to the inner voice, asking without ceasing, “What Father do you desire said? What Father do you desire done this minute?”
It is clear that this is exactly what Jesus was doing all day every day. But it is not what His followers have been doing is very large numbers.
January 29, 1930
I feel simply carried along each hour, doing my part in a plan which is far beyond myself. This sense of cooperation with God in little things is what so astonishes me, for I never have felt it this way before. I need something, and turn around to find it waiting for me. I must work to be sure, but there is God working along with me. To know this gives a sense of security and assurance for the future which is also new to my life. I seem to have to make sure of only one thing now, and every other thing “takes care of itself”, or I prefer to say what is more true, God takes care of all the rest. My part is to live this hour in continuous inner conversation with God and in perfect responsiveness to His will, to make this hour gloriously rich. This seems to be all I need think about.
March 23, 1930
. . . Any hour of the day may be made perfect by merely choosing. It is perfect if one looks toward God that entire hour, waiting for His leadership all through the hour and trying hard to do every tiny thing exactly as God wishes it done, as perfectly as possible. No emotions are necessary. Just the doing of God’s will perfectly makes the hour a perfect one. And the results of that one perfect hour, I believe, will echo down through eternity.
May 14, 1930
Oh, this thing of keeping in constant touch with God, of making Him the object of my thought and the companion of my conversations, is the most amazing thing I ever ran across. It is working. I cannot do it even half the day- not yet, but I believe I shall be doing it some day for the entire day. It is a matter of acquiring a new habit of thought. . . .
(Excerpts from Frank Laubach’s Letters by a Modern Mystic)
Sculpting project 19: Spirit Ears
Once a day ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and then follow.
Most commonly we will hear very small things. Following in the small ways is powerful.
All who are being led by the Spirit of God are children of God. (Romans 8:14)
Using our strength to sculpt our heart, soul, and mind to love God and our neighbor.