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Chenal This Week
Ecclesiastes 2:22 asks, "What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun?" The answer Ecclesiastes repeatedly offers is that they get a big bag of nothing. Emptiness. Like chasing the wind. It's vain, meaningless. We could add that we get ulcers. Irritable. Short-tempered. Distant relationships. We get scattered, disjointed lives where we do a million things but nothing well. We get our priorities all out of whack. We get high blood pressure and higher risk of heart problems. We get sleep deprived and sanity deprived.
Lives that desire ongoing transformation require regular examination. On Sunday we studied the spiritual discipline called the Prayer of Examen. The idea behind this exercise is that we practice regular times of reflection to weigh what is important in our day, our week, and our life. For the next week, try to set aside 10 minutes at lunch or before you go to bed to practice this exercise.