Thursday, May 18, 2006

PRACTICE One, cont'd.

A few quick things to report with practice one. That's actually the first thing to report. Part of the goal of doing these things at all is to give some staying power to what God is doing in my life. The stuff I wrote below about not being God (or his boss) isn't something I want to leave my consciousness. I want to have it with me at all times, bearing fruit in its season; but, I find that it is no sooner in my soul than I can feel it being assaulted by birds of the air, and crowded out by other concerns of life. My spirit replies, "No!! It's mine!! God gave it to me!!! I need this revelation to become like Jesus and really live!!!"

I am now more convinced than ever that I should get in the habit of calling them 'practices' instead of 'steps.' A step, in my mind, is something I approach, stand on for a second, and move beyond. That's not what I'm doing here; nor is it what I think God wants. (Incidentally, it's not how AA uses the 'steps' either.) I want my life to contain each of these practices ongoingly, to be shaped by them. And I actually need practice admitting my God-given limitations--I can do it now sporadically, not routinely.


Kyle said...


I am being constantly reminded that "language shapes our world." I hear that from my prof. Nancey Murphy all the time. I am coming to realize that it is nothing but the truth.

Our community is really wrestling with our language too. There are a few europeans that use "liturgy" to imply a practice or rhythmic way of life. A few others (americans) understand it to have negative connotations - stifles the Spirit, not organic, too structured etc.

I had a conversation with one of the europeans today and suggested that she should unpake the meaning of the word with the community so they can understand where she is coming from and where she wants to arrive with the word.

She stopped me and said, "I like the word 'practice' better. Maybe I'll just use that."

I like what you said here, and cant wait to do some practices together again.


Deb said...

I like the idea of "practices". It fits nicely with the 12th Step which is really the culmination of all our efforts.

"Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs."