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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Take the Time.

Updated on March 14, 2015

Sometimes just noticing and contemplating a flower brings us joy.

But it takes time.
But it takes time. | Source

Time is so precious

(We are back and will try to get these out Saturday PM as my friends across the date line have requested them for their Sunday also.)

Take the time. What an interesting set of words. Do we take the time to let our spiritual side grow and flourish? Are we too busy to sit down and meditate, read and listen and yes, pray? Are we too busy to start our day off right and end our day in contemplation and review?

Yes I am afraid that we are too busy. This should sadden us and make us change our ways. But it does not in just too many of us. (Yes I have used the word “too” too often here but it is to make the point) We are not confessing that it is all encompassing and a never concept, we are stressing that there is too much of one thing and too little of the other.

I have met the mellowest of people that are salt of the earth and seemingly have their days all in order. They live calm and peaceful lives taking care of a natural and healthy way of life. They eschew the trappings of the high speed world that many of us are caught up in. And yet they still do not have the time, or make the time more accurately, to imbibe in that which is necessary for a full life including some spirituality.

And yet to be fair I have met the most hard pressing and “successful” people who make the time to include daily reflection and meditation in their lives, indeed I would suggest it is why they are successful.

Let us be clear here these daily exercises are not reserved for those with a firm faith, they are available also for those with no faith and everything in between. They are not reserved for one faith and most assuredly not reserved for the “religious” among us.

Let us look at simple concepts involved.

Just an old favorite about time

Read

Reading may sound a bit strange to include here but it is not. I am not talking about reading the newspaper or a suspense novel. I am speaking of reading some type of spiritual text. A daily reflection, the Bible, mantras or even words that you yourself have written for this purpose. For many this is simply called “being in the word”, for them it is simple to read their Holy text and gather some insights and truths therein. Ok, perhaps not always easy but easy to determine what to do. For others perhaps they must search for that which they are going to read and start each day with, but it can be done.

I knew an atheist who would read quotes from Shakespeare and it worked quite well for him to get centered and concentrate for meditation. We can all get something out of “to be or not to be”. We will see later that this man also prayed. The point being is that simple reading of some well written spiritual or contemplative words can be very helpful. I knew a philosopher who loved to read Descartes, how can we start off wrong with cogito ergo sum (I think therefor I am). Again, for me it is easy, I read the Bible.

Rich colors and nature's beauty.

These are good things worthy of our attention and giving our time to.
These are good things worthy of our attention and giving our time to. | Source

Meditate

This is one of those concepts that is made so confusing to so many. Meditation can take all kinds of forms but for our purpose it is quite simple. It is simply the focused concentration on something of goodness to the exclusion of the mish mash of the world, even our own pains and tribulations. It is a place and space where we can go to clear our minds of the day to day and relax into a loving environment. Most will take their reading and focus on that. Others will go to a place in their minds where they are set free from the worries of the day. It is a relaxation to a point where we can be receptive to the goodness of life and our own spirituality. It sets us up to pray.

Music is a great thing for us to meditate on.

Pray

Oh my, prayer for the non-believer would seem so hard and yet so easy for the believer. Hogwash. It is easy for all. Prayer is a supplication and the giving of reverence to a power and force bigger than ourselves. Again this is in fact easy for a believer. But it need not be hard for the questioner. Let me give an example for some contemplation. The atheist in fact believes in the world around them and can easily see just how insignificant one human may be in that huge reality of earth. They can do nothing about gravity and the world turning and of weather or oceans deep. So how do they pray? They pray that these things remain a constant. And they can ask that other’s suffering may be lessened and that good things will happen. Who and what do they ask for these things. Who cares! That is for them and their conscience. This is only an example for the variances are as many as there are people.

For me it is easy as I have a God to pray to and to give thanks to for all that is. So the point here is simply to do it. How you do it is up to you. Why you do it is up to you. To whom you do it is up to you. But it will greatly ease your life and bring a joy and peace upon you.

Let me just remind us Christians of something. We have the same God, we share God. But never forget that that God is different in the mind of every Christian. Our own thoughts are not in conformity with every other Christian. Exactly how I view God is different than how you view God, yet it is the same God. So for each of us, even if we use the same words to pray, their meaning to us is slightly different than our fellow neighbor.

Children and roses.

What could be sweeter things for us to pray about.
What could be sweeter things for us to pray about. | Source

Listen!

This one is too often forgotten. And that is a sad fact. Many people think that listening is reserved for those who hear voices. Well maybe there are those folks and more power to them. But for the most of us it is merely stopping the mind from noticing with our other senses and listening to the world around us. We just do not sit quiet very often and listen to the sounds of the world. In our day to day we ignore or even consider noises as distraction. Where I listen there is a clock that ticks away that I do not hear through the day. There are birds singing and the occasional music in the background. I hear all these things for maybe the only time during the day.

But yes there is a more and deeper “hearing” that goes on. For many it is an insight that is revealed and for others a direction from their God. We just cannot hear these things when our lives are frenetically filled during a day. Silence is another “sound” that we fail to notice or indeed are deprived of during our day and there is nothing so calming as a true silence. If it does make you uneasy perhaps that is something to consider.

In closing

I hope that this is like a discussion to open ourselves to possibilities and good things. This sermon is in no way meant to be direction or instruction. Perhaps it will open some gates to internal dialogue and bring us to a point where we develop our own quiet time and reflection. That is the intent here. I would presume for many of us, it is just a gentle reminder and perhaps a nudge to rekindle our spiritual side.

God help us this day to stop and take the time to truly notice the good things in life. Lead us away from the vice of the world and into a place of quiet contemplation of the glories of this world.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene I just got "up" from my morning quiet. It was great. And it is a real pleasure to look and find this nice note from you. Thanks for brightening my day.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is such a wonderful message, I know I must read it again. It use to be difficult for me to sit quietly, but I learned to do it anyway and as you already know, there is a peacefulness that comes with the "sound" of silence.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Denise. Your compliment is most appreciated. I was just now getting bogged down and your comment made me lift my eyes and see. Now it is bound to be a better day.

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      Denise McGill 2 years ago from Fresno CA

      This is beautiful, Eric, and a good reminder for all of us to focus on what is most important. I know I get bogged down in the mundane everyday chores that I sometimes forget to lift my sights/eyes to He who is most important in my life.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Ann, I hope they bring some joy and a little something new.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Your sermons are always full of wisdom and encouragement. They bring a refreshing outlook to a new week.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jackie, just today on a gorgeous Saturday morning I find myself too caught up in my fun projects to sit down and take the time. Sometimes even in our happiness in life we forget to take the time to be thankful for the beauty. Your comment here reminded me. Thank you

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I am certain we all get too busy for the most important things sometimes. We let life get in the way where your advice really keeps life running smooth. Thanks for another good sharing friend.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, I got a peaceful easy feeling reading your comment. Call me guilty of the coffee thing too. Thank you for coming by and leaving a note.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I make time for God in the morning when I first wake-up. I am guilty of having a cup of coffee first though. But I read the word or simply pray; otherwise, I know my day will get hectic. It's something I started years ago and it's become a habit.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Nithya for coming by and leaving such a supportive comment.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Positive and inspirational, thank you for sharing this.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chris it is good of you to come by and leave a nice supportive note.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora. I do try to make these all inclusive. It is pretty easy to "preach to the choir" especially since I used to be in one ;-)

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Wonderful words to live by, Eric. Thanks for describing it in a way that makes it available to everyone.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, "for those with a firm faith . . . also for those with no faith and everything in between," you do give us in all of these categories some important thoughts to reflect upon. Growth in all areas (no less the spiritual) of our lives take time. Thanks for the message.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Frank I really do appreciate that you let me know you came by for a read. I hope you have a great day!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia, my life is a very simple one, but even so, I am the type that needs to pray nearly continuously throughout my day. When I start out with this routine I find it easier to pray. It is a real comfort to know that He is always listening. You are so right that these are gifts. Thank you for commenting and sharing, it means a lot to me.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary it is even more difficult when we travel as much as you do. Thank you for taking the time to come by and leave a note. I think most of us do not do it as a routine, But even once in a while is good for us.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Venkatachari, it is good of you to leave a note that adds a great point to this hub. If only just we can put aside some time.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      what a wonderful hub my friend

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Well said and what gifts these are to ourself..to become more in tune, aware, and receptive ....

      We just get too caught up in doing, doing, going, going that we forget what is really important.

      Thanks for sharing this...

      Know that Angels are winging their way to you this morning...

      The whole prayer think you mentioned..that is a way that I stay the course when the good times abound and when the challenges arise....on a daily basis and even several times throughout the day He is there listening and keeping me on course.

      Great job...did I say that already ?? :D

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      Voted up++++ and shared

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Time in a bottle is one of my favourite songs. This is a great reminder for us. Once in a while I remember to meditate and just listen to myself but most of the time, this does not happen as many things get our attention, things which are often unimportant.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great Sermon, Eric! You have put forth it in very simple words. Read, Meditate, Pray and Listen. Take a little time for following these simple things in our life. I hope we may not even follow all these steps. Even one or two of these steps can bring some pleasure and peace in our lives.

      Thanks for coming up with such beautiful Sunday Sermons.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks, I definitely keep that scripture with Elijah in mind whenever I face my Jezebels and there are a few.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Beautiful prayer, and I wholeheartedly concur. The example of Elijah tells us that God speaks to us in a "still, small voice" and we need to listen to the silence carefully, as you said. I am glad you are cranking out your sermons, keep being a source of inspiration for all your friends out there. Great hub!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for coming by and reading. I most assuredly rest confident in my heavenly Father's warm embrace. He is always there waiting for me to "talk" with him.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hi Ericdierker.

      Yes Sir, it is easy to "pray " to the God when we are assured that He is our heavenly Father. (My sole Father on this earthly journey.)

      An important message.

      Voted interesting

      Peace with us.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Debra it is wonderful that you took the time and effort to take time away from the keyboard. Animals are wonderful in helping us to put things into perspective and to give us respite from an often tense world. Thank you for your comment and reading.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Another great and powerful hub from you. I have to admit that a tiff with another hubber has forged in me something that has been lacking before. It was with that tiff and all the confusion and the commotion that was going through my mind and such that I really just had to get off the computer. I wasn't trying to be rude or anything but sometimes, as you say, we need to take time. I have done spring cleaning and moving furniture that last few days. I became sore doing that and had lots of time to just stop and relax. I have taken the time this morning and yesterday morning to really listen and pet and care for my animals. I have listened to them. Oh, yes they do talk to you. I have two that love to get on my keyboard and stop me or make me make typos. LOL. They have been doing that a lot the last week. So I listened and I played and I brushed and I pet and loved them all. Sometime you just have to take time and leave everything else behind.

      Thank you for bringing the pause to each and every one's lives you have touched with your message here.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harishprasad, you reflect a life that makes the time to stay centered by contemplation and meditation. Thank you for coming by, spending some time and leaving an uplifting note to gladden my heart.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill isn't it amazing that here we had temperatures passing the 90 mark before winter is even officially over. We sure could use some of your rain in our drought stricken desert.

      Your consistency in life shows that you have and do make time for that part of you that needs nourishment. For me, my wife brings a great deal to my quiet time.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      How interesting that guys who have ample time do not give the required attention to things that are uplifting, but the busiest ones somehow manage to do that.

      You talk about loving silence and noises too. This is something very deep, and you want us to see beyond ourselves. The Sunday Sermon is really a very soothing and peace-instilling stuff. Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It has rained constantly for the last two days. That leaves us with great blocks of time to enjoy each other this weekend. I have cleared my mind of writing thoughts...blocked out minor annoyances...and just enjoyed Bev. :) Great message, buddy.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dear Faith,

      Thank you for all the kindness and support you give and have given me. It is inspirational to me and lifts me up. I do suffer from a bit of insecurity and your positive feed back and sharing does much to assuage that.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Another important Sunday Sermon you have penned here, dear Eric! It is so important that we take time out of each day to "take the time" for what is so vital for our wellbeing and fruitful life.

      You are so thoughtful to think of your friends across the world and their being in different time zones. But I am not surprised at this, for you are that kind of man!

      Your last paragraph sums it up perfectly.

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      God bless you and thank you for your beautiful reflections an insight here