Have you ever read a book and felt really excited to share the book with others? Or heard a sermon that you thought was worth telling others about? Well, I am reading a book called, “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence, and I am excited to tell you about it!
The book came to my attention from a suggested reading list. I thought I could at least try to read it. You see, the book was written over 300 years ago, so the wording would be written in a very old English and phrasing style. To my amazement the publisher has kept it up to date, so we could understand the book in the English we use today! And for you who don’t usually read, no worries here. The book is actually the size of a regular cell phone.
Now, when I read a book I enjoy, I write notes and underline sentences in red. The Practice of the Presence of God, now resembles a zebra with a sunburn. Not only is it not about rules to live a Christian life, it does not condemn or judge in any way. The book is an example of how you can live your life with the presence of God inside you! Every breathe, every decision, every step and every misstep, is about GRACE.
This is not an ordinary self-help book, but a heart help book with Jesus in your heart!
I want to give you a few quotes from the book hoping to entice you to read it, too.
Brother Lawrence begins by describing how to go through your every day life at work and at play. So simple, so true…
“Our sanctification does not depend as much on changing our activities as it does on doing them for God rather than for ourselves.”
So if you went to work, not to make money, but to do it for the glory of God, what could be the outcome?
If everything that comes from God is good and perfect, can you imagine what you would accomplish? Lives you would touch?
And you don’t have to have the big corporate job to impress God, or to enter Heaven. So true, so true…
“Never tire of doing even the smallest things for Him, because He isn’t impressed so much with the dimensions of our work as with the love in which it is done.”
I guess God is not impressed with how much money, power, and position you hold; but what you do with what you have been given.
I am going to leave you with one last statement from Brother Lawrence and the image is very powerful.
“Those who have the wind of the Holy Spirit in their souls glide ahead even while they sleep. If the vessel of our soul is still being tossed by winds or storms, we should wake the Lord who has been resting with us all along, and He will swiftly calm the sea.”
When is the last time you woke the Lord up?