Inner Room – Good News for February 25

25 02 2009

Have you found your inner room?

Mark 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples, “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms,  do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

The Daily Path: One of the great joys in my life is the ability to get some extended quiet time. If you have family and career demands like me, these chances are rare. The opportunities to go to my “inner room” are usually brief. I often use my time in the room to reflect on God, talk to Him, give thanks, ask for healing, and just decompress. 

It’s also a place to contemplate giving of yourself (alms) and living in sobriety (fasting) during Lent… and anytime for that matter. Alms do not require cash. Charity is an act of love. Each of us has an endless reserve of love that can act as a perpetual “bail out” wherever needed. Sobriety isn’t just reserved for alcohol, drugs or addiction. Living a sober life can also mean keeping your ego in check. Giving up the need to be correct all the time. 

It’s not easy for me to keep prayer, alms and fasting in the front of my mind as I go through each day. However, I can say that I’ve never been more compelled to do so as I am now. I believe this powerful inspiration is the grace of God at work. I also feel inspired to go to my inner room, close the door, and joyfully blow my trumpet… LOUD! Why? Because I know I’ve been touched by God and that is worthy of celebration, even if only with myself.

Room to Chat: Check into you inner room today. The view is incredible.