This article originally appeared in Word&Way September 20, 2021 I gather with a group of pastors every so often to discuss ministry, local church issues, and pastoral leadership. During our most recent conversation, a good friend guided us in a reflection of Matthew 11. And the conversation was rich and encouraging to the point I wanted … Continue reading Gathered for Hope
The reality is “we are all living according to a specific regimen of habits, and those habits shape most of our lives … This wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that habits form more than our schedules: they form our hearts.” (Earley, p. 7.)
We are all deeply shaped and molded by the habits we keep.
Despite being forced to cut back on our experiences, expenses, and exposure, we collectively remain in a hurry. We were in a hurry before the virus forced us out of common spaces. We have been in a hurry seeking to adapt to sudden change. Currently, we seem to be in a hurry to get back. Back to what? Back to the office, back to school, back to profits, back to consumerism, back to sanctuaries, back to normal? Are we in such a hurry to get back that we are missing the chance to move forward into something new?