Brother Lawrence and Peace in the “Little Things”

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Takeaway: Success can be defined as being in the presence of God

“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed” (Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God, written in the late-1600s). This meditation could be a life changer for many of us. How many of us focus on and plan “great things?” In doing so, being consumed by this “great thing,” how many of us are forgetting to love God in all the “little things” we do throughout the day: brushing our teeth, getting dressed, greeting our family, cleaning the house, driving in traffic and so on? Is your life all about that “great thing?” Or is it all about loving God? Is life really all about you? Or is it be all about loving God and loving others?

Inspiring Words

Brother Lawrence wrote: “It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God.” He was a monk who served primarily as a kitchen aide. He wrote, “Men invent means and methods of coming at God’s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God’s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?”

I found this man’s writing to be highly inspiring, and I hope you do too. If we were to simply slow down, do our common business wholly for the love of God, what a life we could lead. A life in the presence of God beats hands-down a life grasping for “great things.” Success can be defined as being in the presence of God.

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Scott is an author, blogger and coach--in all things he's an encourager. A Stephen Minister with a M.A. in Pastoral Counseling, Scott seeks to help others find more joy in life through brain, body, financial, community, and spiritual development. Our goal is to help reduce stress, depression, anxiety, and loss of focus. I want to empower and energize people seeking freedom from boredom, low motivation, low self-esteem, unnecessary anxiety or the shroud of sadness. Together, let’s maximize the joyful opportunities in life, and reach our potential.

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