Do You Have Enough Dead Space? – Secrecy
by Janis Cox
I have been writing about Dead Space – Solitude; Dead Space – Silence.
In Mark Buchanan’s book, Your God is Too Safe, I have been reading a chapter called “Leave Yourself Alone”. I am learning the two disciplines of solitude and silence.
Today is the last of these dead space disciplines – Secrecy.
Either we do good things in order to be seen by others, or we do them in order to bring praise to God (Your God is Too Safe, Mark Buchanan, page 184).
Our lives are a part of God’s plan. And God’s plan is to redeem His people. He is battling Satan every minute. We are part of this drama.
Jesus tells us many times to be humble.
Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them (Matthew 6:1, NIV).
A hard lesson – but learned through continuous communion with God – in prayer.
We need to become less so God can become more.
God thinks what I do when no one else is watching is pretty important.
Time alone can seem so inconsequential. That’s why we can fill it so easily with seemingly harmless activities … But God sees it all. Our heavenly Father sees what we do in secret. Meditating on that consistently is bound to lead to the fear of the Lord (from a post called What We Do in Secret).
Help us Lord to remember to not boast. Help us to remember that You see our every move. Help us to spend time with You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.
Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.
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A timely reminder about God being privy to what we do when alone.