I have never had a moment when I am not being shaped into some kind of person. Neither have you. Maybe this is easier to notice with kids. When they're little, the rate at which they are taking in information from the world and learning new skills is so dramatic, and it's easy to see in any six-month period their experiences, their choices, their relationships, etc. are shaping who they are becoming.
But the person-shaping doesn't stop when we reach adulthood. In fact, it never stops, because as Dr. Mulholland points out in the passage which includes this quote, being in that process is an unavoidable part of what it means to be human. Choosing to write this right now shapes me, and what I will choose to do with the rest of today will shape me.
Recognizing that, and paying attention to the process, is what we're talking about with the term "spiritual formation.” My spiritual formation can go well (and if so, we might use the biblical term of transformation), or it can go very poorly (spiritual malformation?), but it is always going. Who you and I will be forever is the result of this shaping process. We either open ourselves to God’s grace in cooperation in it, or close ourselves to it in either stubborn refusal or plain old distraction.Read More