“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).

Brother Lawrence committed mind and soul to unbroken communion with God, continuously occupied with praising, worshiping, and loving Him. How could he pull that off moment by moment in a busy monastery kitchen or while traveling? He persevered in training himself to do everything in the kitchen or on the road for the love of God. He prayed at every juncture for God’s grace to do the work. He gave no thought to death or his sins, but only to do small things for the love of God. He realized God was intimately present within him and so he constantly asked for His help. He was alert to recognize God’s will in all things. When he saw clearly what God required, he did his very best. He offered what he was doing to God and after doing it, he gave thanks. In the monastery kitchen where he worked, Lawrence wasn’t doing anything different from the other workers, except he was constantly practicing the Lord’s presence. In other words, he was constantly open to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. His alertness to the Holy Spirit’s whispers and guidance made God his ultimate companion, no matter what he was doing.

The more we persist in directing our thoughts to God in our fast-paced lives, the more we find internal peace and joy. Brother Lawrence observes, “There is not in the world a way of life more sweet, nor more delightful than continual conversation with God. Only those who practice it and savor it can understand.”

Adapted from The One Year Book of Encouragement