It’s funny how I’m starting to see a pattern of “Oh, I got to see a long-lost friend today” or “Got to hangout with my friend today” a lot as I write about my Lenten journey. I am a big extravert so I’m not surprised. Actually, I’m such an extravert that I made an extravert person think she is introverted when I hung out with her. I am re-energized and refreshed when I hang out with other people. Maybe it’s because I know how much people can have an effect on me that I am really choosy about the people I hang out with. Gone are the days of people pleasing. If I don’t want to hang out with you, I won’t force myself to. Some may think that’s mean. I just think that’s effective use of the precious time God has given me. I have things to do and places to see and dreams to achieve. If you’re not going to help me get to my goals, then why would I waste my time on you?
Today, I got to hang out with old friends of mine whom I haven’t seen in awhile. As we were hanging out, I was yet again reminded of how “plus ça change, plus c’est la même”. Yes, things change. That’s just the nature of things. However, even with the changes, things just fall into the same patterns and rhythms. There’s something reassuring (or depressing, depending on the pattern) about that. It is yet another reminder that gradual changes can be more sustainable than quick, abrupt changes. Somehow, I was also reminded of how sin works itself in the same way. It’s easier to be tempted to do “minor” things than “major” things. But it’s those small choices that we make that eventually lead us stuck in the miry pit of lasciviousness and worldliness.
Join me on this journey.