To recap: This year I am not committing myself to any new year’s resolutions, instead I am choosing different areas of my life that I want to focus my time and energy in.
Last week I began sharing my intentions around openness. Today, I consider the centrality of connection.
We are all connected. We live in a living web of relationships with one another, the creation, and the Creator. These relationships do not happen automatically, they need care and attention to stay healthy and living.
As I look at my life, I find so many disconnects and loose connections: relationships that are important to me that I have allowed to over stretch, strain, and unravel.
What are the connections that I want to nurture this year?
First connection is with my Creator.
It is easy as a leader in a community of faith to give the topic of prayer a lot of lip service. I believe deeply in the importance of spending time in the God Space of prayer, however, it is easy to slip into a polished, neat, and merely polite spiritual practice.
I call it the professional believer syndrome.
I pray in the context of worship. I pray in hospital rooms and in living rooms to provide comfort. Most of my praying is done in the capacity of being the designated pray-er. But do I spend time alone in prayer?
It is a challenge to spend time with my Divine Beloved as a simple believer without reference to my job description within my community of faith. It is hard to shake that sense of ordained duty so I can rest in the Presence.
When can I today just be a child of God in the presence of my Beloved?
Another relationship to nurture is with the beauty and wonder of the Creator Spirit.
I want to live as a participant in this creation rather than simply a spectator. Naturally I sit back and passively see what happens. Yet part of our truth is that I am made in the imago dei so I am able and energized by the process of creating.
A big part of practicing this area of intention will be through this site, as I write and share music and images which express the unfolding words and ideas about God’s fully dimensional life. I also want to find new ways to be a part of God’s ongoing creative process.
What fresh wonder and deep truth can I creatively share today?
Finally, there is my desire to nurture the relationships with those people I love.
I am an introvert who can easily fall into acting out the stereotype of being anti-social. In loving my deep solitude, I neglect the people around me whom I love dearly. I am energized with my time in silence, yet, I have to remember the truth that I am richly blessed by the loving relationships of my family and friends. Those relationships are not automatic or easy and I need to continually choose to tend them.
What can I do today to strengthen my loving relationship with the people in my life?
What disconnections are robbing you of light and life?
What connections do you want to nurture and strengthen today?
Share in the comments.
One more post in the series to come: wholeness.