|Peace, Be Still|
David Foster Wallace in his famous commencement speech refers to the default settings he returns to—self-centredness, negativity, judgmentalism.
What are your default settings? The things your thoughts turn to when your mind is empty, bored or fallow, say on a too-long walk on a circuit, or in a traffic jam, or interminable queue?
When I am bored or tired, my default settings sometimes lapse into paltry concerns. I might wonder about whether our savings plan is on track (it often isn’t J). I might think about ways to fine-tune our family business so that it is more profitable. I think about this blog and how to grow it. I might fret and worry—about my writing, or whichever relationship is currently annoying me, etc.
And so I am trying to change my default settings: the framework through which I see the world, and process experience, to something more energizing, joy-filled, and full of the positivity which radiates through the Sermon on the Mount.
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These are the spiritual default settings to which I return to find peace. The God contact lenses I put on to see my life sanely!
In everything give thanks.
There is usually a silver lining in situations which one can thank God for anyway.
And when I cannot see it, I thank God for his power to bring good out of all things, even situations which seem irredeemably bleak, even seeds which seem shrivelled and unpromising.
2 If you have aught against any, forgive. Keep the stream of your inner life positive.
Releasing debts is a quick way of returning to peace
3 Do not worry about anything at all (Matt 6).
4 Do not be afraid (Matt 28:10).
5 Prayer changes things. It is the greatest power in the world. Nothing is impossible with God. Prayer can move our mountains.
These are the core convictions I return to when I am frazzled, stressed, negative, empty and bleak, and are part of my shortcut back to God. And spiritual health and sanity.
How about you? What are your spiritual default settings, or core convictions?