Weekly Message from Rev. Perkins
Do you practice mindfulness? Do you know what it means to be mindful? I thought I did but recent events have given me additional insight into the spiritual practice of being mindful.
I’m afraid you’re going to have to put up with several brief stories about my knee replacement surgery and the recovery period over the next few weeks. Anyway, back to mindful. I keep hearing from my physical therapists and their assistants, things like: Heel and toe, bend the knee, breathe, keep the toe in, relax this muscle, etc. They are reminding me to be mindful, that I need to pay attention to even minor details as I go through rehab and recovery. I don’t do this well. Most of us don’t. I don’t want to have to think about how I go up stairs, or walk straight or do exercise properly. I’m more of a don’t sweat the small stuff kind of guy. Usually that’s OK, even good. But when trying to get a new knee working properly, with all the accompanying physical issues, details are important, even critical.
I’m sure this carries over into other aspects of life, even my life. Life cannot always proceed on autopilot. Some mindfulness is required to reach goals and make progress. I also think this carries over into our spiritual life. It’s hard to feed your faith if you aren’t doing something mindful to feed it. This could be singing in the choir every week. It could be doing a bible study regularly. It might even be making lunches for PADS every other week or perhaps caring regularly for someone in need like your mother or your child or even someone else’s child. Without mindfully focusing on nurturing your faith, your spiritual growth probably isn’t going to happen very regularly or with much depth. It has been said that American faith is miles wide and inches deep. I think this is what they are talking about. There is not enough discipline especially at being mindful and practicing faithfulness.
Even participating regularly in worship is a mindful way to practice the faith. It not only feeds you, but if you have children that come with you to church, it feeds them too. In fact we all are fed in worship if we put our mindfulness to work.
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