Be contemplative. This does not mean living an isolated life spent pondering high-minded concepts. Instead, the contemplative Christian life can be described as a life lived with wholeness, honesty, and without contrivance. Some would call this ‘authenticity’ but a better word is ‘congruence’—the alignment of who you are and what you do, the harmony of the ends you seek, and the means you use to achieve them.
Contemplation happens in the silence, in the stillness when you stop and feel the breath in your lungs, the grass between your toes, and become aware of the Presence that is always with you. When you acknowledge the mystery and miracle that you are here. In these deep moments of contemplation, you seek congruence with your entire being: Your words and your actions, your beliefs and your trust, you and God.
It is in your contemplation that you reflect on who you are, who you want to be, and who God is turning you into. Contemplation is when we come before God's presence not to ask for anything or to say anything but simply to be in His presence to seek wholeness and unity with ourselves and God.
For it is written,
“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”(Ex 33:14)
Lord, make me contemplative.