I was recently with a great group of adults who love young people. In the midst of our conversations we watched a YouTube video that a high school aged young man created and posted, showing “A Day in the Life of a Teen.” We were all intrigued with what he chose to show and what he seemed to neglect altogether. He is not someone any of us know so we couldn’t ask him questions but it sure got us talking and wondering.
So, the question is this: If you made a video of a typical day in your life what would you include? Who would be in it? What activities would you be doing and how busy would you be?
Regardless of what your video includes or doesn’t include, it’s a great way to think back on your priorities and how you spend your time. But let’s go a bit further. Beyond just thinking about the hours of the day, take some time to think about particular moments. This actually connects directly to a spiritual practice. That of the examen.
The examen is an ancient practice that gives the opportunity to notice God’s movement in your day and in your life. At the end of each day, take a portion of that video to ask yourself two simple questions. Then listen and pay attention. What is God saying to you about what gives you energy and life? How might God be opening doors for this energy? And what is sucking energy from you? What might you be best to avoid?
Take the time, engage in the questions and answers with another person or listen for God’s movement by yourself. Either way, God is moving. Can you feel it?
For what moment are you most grateful?
For what moment are you least grateful?