"Yes but how"
May I say this is a very dangerous prayer to pray. My 222 (pausing at 2pm, for 2 minutes that Christ would be our center 2-day) prayer went, "Jesus, show me what it looks likes to be centered in you.” And this week Jesus gently showed me what it is like to not be moving towards Him, and the pain and waves of depression were ugly. The contrast was palpable.
Years ago, I had been taught to write the letters YBH next to certain passages in the bible, standing for "Yes but how?" It is a challenge to work out what it looks like to follow His word. So comforting to read, Love your neighbour, and Praise The Lord oh my soul, but try acting consistently upon it.
Mike has been right on target in encouraging us to make Jesus the center, but I was stuck on the" Yes But How" question, because for me it wasn't a matter of spending more time in scripture or contemplative prayer. It seems for me to be all about understanding what is meant by my soul, and how it is designed to be connected to God.
Last Sunday I found the book, Soul Keeping by John Ortberg and dove in. Halfway through, I found his chapter on "The soul needs a center." In it, Ortberg outlines five indicators when a souls lacks a center.