"God is your true friend and will always give you the counsel and comfort you need. Do not resist Him! Learn to listen to Him in silence so that you won't miss a word of what He says to you. You know a lot about outward silence, but little about inward silence. You must practice quieting your restless imagination. Stop listening to your unrenewed mind and the kind of logic it has! Get used to coming to God and asking Him for help when He asks you for something you are afraid to give.
Your sensitivity to the smallest affairs shows how much you need God to tear the things of the world from you. You are making great progress when you begin to give God all the childish attitudes you have, and let Him deal with the "small" problems in your life. You need not make a deep show of spirituality--just let God work on your everyday issues. You can die to yourself in the course of your everyday life--you don't need to go out into the desert, or on some high mountain to be spiritual. All God asks of you is to give Him what He directs you to. To do this you must watch and pray. Cultivate trust in God."
I don't know about you all, but I've got one heck of an imagination! To this day, if I ever get my hands on a box of legos, or maybe some cardboard and duct tape, I'm good for the rest of the day! My mind is always running with different ideas and perspectives on things happening throughout my day. Our imaginations can be awesome things, but we can also use it against ourselves; like when we try to imagine what the future holds and get ourselves all worried about things that aren't even real.
I read this passage from Francois Fenelon this morning, and was blown away by the simple thought that he presented: what if, instead of thinking to ourselves, we thought to God? What if, as we went through our everyday lives and wrestled with the different situations that arose, we let God in on them instead of mulled them over in our own minds? Even deeper than that is the idea that we can train our minds to dwell on God's presence all the time. Instead of having our mind just going crazy with random thoughts 24/7, we can actually learn to focus them onto God.
I love that Fenelon emphasizes that "you need not make a deep show of spirituality--just let God work on your everyday issues". We don't gain God's peace by pretending that we've got it all together, but just by letting God enter into each moment of our lives as they come to us. We become like Him by simply experiencing Him in our everyday, ordinary lives.