… too many well-intentioned people are so preoccupied with the clatter of effort to do something for God that they don't hear Him asking that He mights do something through them…

Instead of being the active, hurrying church worker and the anxious, careful planner of shrewd moves toward the good life, we become pliant creatures, less brittle, less obstinately rational.  The energizing, dynamic center is not in us but in the Divine Presence in which we share.  Religion is not our concern; it is God’s concern.  The sooner we stop thinking we are the energetic operators of religion and discover that God is at work, as the Agressor, the Invader, the Initiator, so much the sooner do we discover that our task is to call people to be still and know, listen, hearken in quiet invitation to the subtle promptings of the Divine.  Our task is to encourage others first to let go, to cease striving, to give over this fevered effort of the self-sufficient religionist trying to please an external deity.  Count on God knocking on the doors of time.  God is the Seeker, and not we alone; He is anxious to swell out our time-nows into an Eternal Now by filling them with a sense of Presence.  I am persuaded that religious people do not with sufficient seriousness count on God as an active factor in the affairs of the world.  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock,” but too many well-intentioned people are so preoccupied with the clatter of effort to do something for God that they don’t hear Him asking that He mights do something through them.

Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion

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