When you seek me
Parishioner Campbell Wharton shares his Lenten reflection. Campbell is a St. Jamesian, member of the Vestry, chorister, and is lucky enough to get to read books for a living.
In corporate America, you'll often hear the term "managing up." Make sure you're showcasing your work constantly. Be visible to those above you. It can be rather exhausting!
This Lenten season, I decided to give "managing up" a new meaning. In recent years, instead of trying to give something up for Lent, I've taken on something additional in order to make this a profound time of spiritual renewal leading up to Jesus' death, and finally new life. So this year, I've been thinking of how to better "manage up" with my relationship with God.
I think it starts with listening. Listening is not my best trait, but something I work hard at during Lent.
For me, it first starts with finding that place of stillness and calm to be fully present with God at the beginning of each day. I start my mornings in Lent in quiet, meditating on this passage:
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." -- Jeremiah 29:13
Early in the morning is a great time for listening and to hear the voice of God through prayer. Henri Nouwen often writes about how to find discernment in a noisy, fast paced world. He reminds us that in stillness God can be a gentle guide in everything we do.
Now that is something to manage up for.