Instructions For Living a Life

This week, in an interview with our local paper about my new book The Attentive Life. I quoted Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets:

Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

Good instructions! So many days we end knowing we have not paid good attention, have not been astonished at anything, and so have little to tell.

My friend Perry Bowers, who heads Focused Living ministry, sent me an apt verse about paying attention:

For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we may not drift away from it (Hebrews 2:1).

The “must” says Perry is becoming no longer a duty, but a delight for him, and concludes:

today I will either drift along with my culture,
be driven by the temptation to follow cheap substitutes for Christ,
or be directed by the Spirit. My choice each and every moment.

Today I want to pay attention to God’s presence, be astonished at his grace, and tell someone about it.

It is so simple, but also so challenging.

I pray to become a truly attentive person. How about you?

“Give your full attention to what God is doing right now.”
Matthew 6:33. The Message

Leighton Ford

June 19, 2008

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