Contemplation


"think on these things..."

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Contemplation is perhaps the easiest type of Christian meditation to practice. It is the act of simply mulling something over. And the beauty of it is, most people already do it without thinking.

Let me give you an example:

Have you ever planned and hosted an event at your house? During the days and hours leading up to it--and perhaps even during the event itself--did you consider how everyone would get along, muse over whether everyone would like the food, or rehearse over and over what you would say to your spouse's boss when they arrived?

So ... you worried, right?

Well, all of those activities (considering, musing, rehearsing) are all aspects of contemplation. Unfortunately, rather than building your peace, those thoughts  sapped it. By thinking about what could go wrong rather than focusing on the true, the honorable, the right, your mind increased your stress instead of releasing it. 

In order for contemplation to be life-giving rather than life-sapping, all those worrisome thoughts need to be corralled and replaced. A good way to start is to choose a character trait of God or a specific word or verse of scripture and then simply consider it, mull it over, rehearse the truth it contains.

Then, do a heart and mind check.

You should feel peaceful, thoughtful, and perhaps a bit more grounded.  
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” ​
–Philippians 4:8 
Ready to get started? Try contemplating these phrases:

Jehovah Jireh "The Lord Will Provide" (Genesis 22:14)

God is gracious and compassionate (Psalm 145:8)

The Lord delights in me
(Zephaniah 3:17)

The Lord will fight for me 
(Exodus 14:14)

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