Monday, March 19, 2012
Easter Egg Hunt
I've always liked the coined phrase - "if you want to change your life, change your habits." It's true isn't it? The things we do day in and day out become the substance of who we are. We wake up, we go about our routines, we use our own chosen language, we eat certain foods, we drive a certain way, we dress ourselves with the clothes we chose, we listen to our personal music choices, and watch our tv shows. We choose how to react to opposition with either defensiveness or openness. We choose a life of service to others or service to ourselves. We decide a life of virtue or a life of vice. These choices are made on a moment to moment basis, and we make those choices over and over and over until they become habits. We are made up of the same traits done over and over and over. We are made up of our habits that have been practiced time and time again. You tell me you habits, and I'll know who you are.
How are your "church habits"? I know a ton of Catholics that are getting excited about their faith. Every day, they're looking for new ways to explore the Church teachings and are in discussion with others constantly challenging the theology in a search for the truth. I recently got to visit with a past student of mine who has been searching for the right church for the past two years. She has temporarily left Catholicism and despite the entertainment at the other churches, despite the fantastic programs, despite the depth of bible studies and being "saved by faith alone" - there are still questions and no resolutions outside the Catholic Church. She has such an incredible interest in Christ and wants to follow him so faithfully. In her searching, she's finding. Some would condemn for taking a "Catholic break" - but I applaud her.
For many - this is the story of our faith. We search, we find, we stop searching and continue with only the memories. Eventually as an adult, its now our turn to put out the eggs, providing the memories (faith) to our own children. We strategically place each egg. We develop elaborate plans to help our kids really get into the search and we release them watching their excitement and joy as they find their eggs (Christ).
Where is the problem? We are now evangelizing to our kids right? We had the experience, then we pass it on... Isn't that supposed to be how it works? What is missing? What could we possibly be doing wrong?
Remember - you are His hands and feet.