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Open Features: List Maker

"As I sit with my Ovaltine, or sometimes even a gin and tonic, before I go to bed, I like to prepare for the next day,'' says Joyce Worsfold.

Are you a list maker? I confess that I am. As I sit with my Ovaltine, or sometimes even a gin and tonic, before I go to bed, I like to prepare for the next day. This has become even more important since I retired, because otherwise I don't always know what the next day is! Where am I going? Who am I seeing? What am I doing? Who needs my prayers? What jobs need doing?

Usually I write down, 'Pray' as part of my list because, sadly, I have been known to miss that precious time with God, if the list is particularly long. Discipleship is a difficult and risky business and we need to prepare for it in the same way as we need to prepare for everything else. We wouldn't dream of going on holiday without packing very carefully, we cannot bake a cake without first assembling all the ingredients. Similarly, it is difficult to distinguish the voice of God without doing a lot of preparing and practicing.

This is what an old Quaker had to say about perceiving the will of God in our lives:

'Our power to perceive the light of God is, of all our powers, the one which we most need to cultivate and develop. As exercise strengthens the body, and education enlarges the mind, so the spiritual faculty within us grows as we use it in seeing and doing God's will.'

Our relationship with God takes time, as all relationships do. We need to persist in our prayer and believe that God will speak to us about our lives.

Our Christian lives are not about making lists, but about preparing ourselves to spend every day with God.

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