Monastics have a practice called statio that means stopping one thing before beginning another.
Rather than rushing from one task to the next, pause for a moment and recognize the in-between times.
Before dialing the phone, think about the conversation and the person. After reading a book, pause and think back through what you learned and how you were moved. After watching TV, pause and ask what it contributed to your life. Before reading the Bible, pause and ask for a spirit of attention.
– Philip Yancy, Reaching for the Invisible God
Do you do pauses?
Or are you more familiar with rushes?
When Jesus was on earth, we don’t read of him flitting nervously from one unfinished task to another.
He listened. He taught. He gave his attention. He took time to finish each thing well. He practiced statio.
I don’t think people felt rushed in his presence.
Not back then. Nor right now.
Neither does he want me to rush in and out of his presence without my full attention. He wants me to enjoy our experiences together. Then take time to reflect on them later.
He has all the time in the world for me.
Do I for him?
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revised from Start. Stop. Start.
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