This week we will spend our background time reflecting upon a simple “case study.” We will consider an imaginary, but very real situation, in order to reflect upon three ways of responding to it.
We consider a case in which someone finds himself or herself in a way of life or in a pattern of acting that he or she is not entirely proud of. It is important to note here that we are not talking about something really bad, rather something that has not been very responsive to God’s movement in their lives. It might be an attachment to the way he or see looks, or simply the amount of creature comforts he or she has become dependent upon. It might be an attachment to a pattern of always using his or her gifts to manipulate others to get his or her own way, or simply being attached to the habit of mediocrity in my family life or work, i.e., getting by with as little effort as is required of me.
Having one or more of these “cases” in our minds all week, we will consider three kinds of responses.
Wanting to free oneself from this attachment and really be more attentive to God’s calls in one’s life, but just never getting around to doing it. This type of response only responds with good intentions, and never gets around to putting them into action.
Wanting to free oneself from this attachment but ending up rationalizing it to such a degree that one can work out a justification that makes it seem that this way of being attached is actually what God wants.
Responding to the attachment by neither trying to keep it or get rid of it. This is a desire to free oneself of the attachment in such a way that one becomes no longer attached to it. Rather, one becomes more responsive to and more attached to however God might be moving one to act here and now. The desire becomes purer. One wants only what will be of greater service to God. Whatever would be of greater service becomes what motivates one’s choices.
What is it that I find myself attached to? What keeps me from being completely with God? What distracts me from my purpose in life? How can I give this to God, allow Him to take it, without becoming self-absorbed?
I have a lot of work to do this week. I’m not sure how to do it, but I’m going to put that in God’s hands.