Chapter Fourteen: Willing to Listen and Learn?

The Story of Good – Learning to Steward the Good Within.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. ~ Matthew 11: 28-30 (TM)


I took a deep breath, sighed and said,

“Thank You, Jesus, for rescuing me.”

He invited me to sit down.

We had returned to the place from which we had started.

The fire was glowing, it lit the night sky around us.

I turned to the Master and said,

“Jesus, I don’t understand. Why did You take me there?

What was all that about?

Is there something You want me to know?”

Once again, Jesus smiled.

Then He nodded.

“Yes, My child.

In order for you to move toward all the Good We have for you,

You must learn to steward the Good within.

You must learn to manage your Self.

You must live this life as I instruct you.”

“There must be a reckoning for your Self.

You must come to the place where stewarding your Self,

For My sake, sets you free,

So, you can be free to receive all the Good We have for you.”

“Are you willing to listen and learn?” He asked.

“Yes, Master, show me Your ways,” I replied.

The Spirit moved in close to me.

“Did you hear what the Master said?” He asked.

“Yes, Spirit, I must learn to steward the Good within.”

As Jesus returned to His seat at the circle of light,

He bowed His head in prayer.


Ponder on these things:

In your relationship with Jesus, how willing have you been to simply listen and learn?

What would it look like for you to stop your busy schedule and sit in quiet with the Master?

What feelings are evoked as you rest in a silent place with God?


Over a period of about eight weeks (3 sessions per week), we will take you on a poetic journey (26-sessions) we call The Story of Good. We suggest you bookmark our blog series homepage to keep all the writings in one place for your future reference. Take note that each blog session begins with a short scripture reading. My suggestion is that you don’t hurry through, or skip the text, but treat it as a Lectio Divina reading where you slow down and sit a bit with God’s Word, allowing it to penetrate and influence you as you read. Each session also ends with a few thoughts to ponder on. I look forward to hearing some of your insight as we journey together!

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  1. Pingback: Chapter Thirteen: My Eyes Fixed on Jesus. | The Contemplative Activist (TCA)

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