Taking the retreat down the mountain

I have heard spiritual retreats described as mountain top experiences. But a few days later, or a few hours, my old pace of life is back to full swing. How do you translate a weekend of refocusing to everyday life? It reminded me of the scene in CS Lewis’ Silver Chair when Aslan warns Jill that the mountain air is clear, but lower down the air thickens and it is harder to concentrate on what is really important. So how do you carry the guidance of the mountain down the other side?

Reminders. Aslan told Jill four signs to follow. God gave the Israelites feasts to remember their history of deliverance. We can create spaces and reminders in life to spark the memories of what God has done for us. Where can you do that in your life?

James 1 says,

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

God, I do not want to stare at myself and then forget everything You showed me to reflect on over the past weekend. Please help me see what moments, what actions during the day can help me to refocus on You. Thank You, and let it all be for Your glory. Amen.


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