A new year of expectation
2018 is upon us and I am considering what is on the horizon. I am not one for making resolutions…since I rarely keep them more than a week or two!
But I am thinking about goals. What I would like to accomplish in the course of another year. Of course the usual….eat better, lose another 20 pounds, read the Bible more, etc.
I have a year ahead of classes and formation in the formation process of the diaconate. And this has me turning my thoughts away from resolutions…and more towards formation.
What does it mean to be formed?
Whether we realize it or not, we are all being formed. Formation of our heart is either happening to us in a passive way, or we take on the formation of our hearts with intention.
This coming year I am considering two words: Detachment and Discipline
I continue to need an increase in both. To be further detached from pleasures of food and drink, material comforts, and conveniences of time. I am often too much in a hurry. I walked to Publix tonight to buy some groceries. I could have driven there in less than 3 minutes, but it felt actually pleasurable to walk in the cold, taking the extra time to consider the inconveniences of walking. It slowed me down, gave me more time to think, and was actually good to spend the extra time.
I also need an increase in disciplines. Discipline to write more, read more books and less Facebook and Twitter, and an increase in the disciplines of prayer. This last year, I solidified my discipline of morning prayer with the Liturgy of the Hours. However, in the coming year, I intend to carve out the needed time in the evening for night prayer/evening prayer.
The coming year will bring it’s own pressures, pleasures, joys, and heartaches. So much will be out of my control. An intentional formation is the path towards a clear goal. “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mt 16:24) That is a clear call to an intentional formation.
As the journey of life continues, I am trying to find an easier way to get some thoughts online. Weebly.com has been my platform for the last couple of years. However, it has a few steps to go through to get a posting online.
Tumblr is quickest – but messy. Twitter and Facebook – too limited. So this year, as a way to consolidate life, I decided to migrate more of my digital world to Google. Already, Google has my calendar, email, voice services/text messaging and now web/domain hosting. Only makes sense I also put my cloud storage there too – all under one roof. Hmmm…makes me think of a movie I recently saw!
But in the end, if it is too many steps I just won’t do it. Unlike the Camino where we have days and days of endless steps. But even there, you look for the easier way if there is one.
So let’s see if the Blogger.com platform is easier. And if so…perhaps I’ll be saying more to the world sooner than later.