My first three posts will cover the following:

* why practice Christian meditation

* how the practice is done

* benefits received from the practice.

In this post, I will cover what initially motivated me to make Christian meditation a part of my daily life.

The first motivator was Scripture.  The Bible speaks clearly and regularly about being still, waiting on God, and meditating on Him.  Two brief examples:  Psalm 46:10a  “Be still, and know that I am God.”, and, Lamentations 3:25-26 “The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him . . . for those who quietly wait.”

The second motivator was personal conviction.  While teaching the book of Revelation to high school students, when coming to chapter 2, verses 2-4, I felt like a hypocrite.  In these verses, Jesus is speaking to the church at Ephesus.  He says, “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience . . . and for my name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted.  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” (KJV)  Standing in front of those students, I realized that I was like this church.  As a young Christian I loved Jesus, and out of that love had learned how to do all the right things.  But like the the church at Ephesus, I had left my first love.  Though I knew something was wrong, I didn’t know what, nor did I know what to do about it.  I only knew I wanted to fall back in love with Jesus.

Through this practice, my love for Jesus has been restored and increases as I spend time in His presence.  I have discovered that God’s promises to those who wait on Him can be trusted.