“Life Liturgy” Update

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Dear fellow travelers,

Lacking time to write what I intended to write for today, instead here’s a quick update on my Life Liturgy routine.  I wrote about this in January and March, but in short, I attempt to make a small, permanent change in habit every 40 days, starting each New Year.  The idea is that even if I fail at some of the changes, I learn from the experience, and the changes I do keep add up to a lot over time.

In March, based on Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – I was going to try and find one example in the news every day that meets this description.  Unfortunately, it was even harder than I thought, and more time consuming, making me even more cynical.  Instead of giving up, this one became a desire to make this blog a source of that good news and to write more regularly.

More recently, I read Proverbs 19:3, which says: “When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.”  This became the habit change for July 20, which was to cut back on coffee.  There’s nothing necessarily wrong with caffeine or coffee, but for me specifically it was exacerbating other minor health issues and making them into frustrating distractions from work and other duties.  For me, this was a mostly preventable folly, and that Proverb was a warning to control what I can control, instead of raging about what I can’t control.

It was a reminder of the classic serenity prayer, which begins with:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

I’m still looking for a habit change for August 29th, and October 8th is coming up, but as I wrote last time, “That’s fine – it’s my routine and no point feeling guilty about it.”

Paul reassures us that it’s God’s work in us that really matters: “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6

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