Eugene Peterson once called it “a long obedience in the same direction.”
To build over time is costly, and even will come to crisis and renewed process again and again. Yet in end, I still think that this is the most fruitful path in following Jesus. Maybe its the most fruitful path in doing life.
Everything in us wants to “start over,” and with redemption’s gift, we can. However, to hit the delete button, and utterly take a new course in one’s latter years, I think may be neglecting the riches of what has been both built in us, and revealed in us, over time.
To listen to our past, to engage in our present, and to draw those riches into our future, seems to be an equation of import tonight.
At least for me.