When going through pictures I took while at the Sun Magazine Writer’s Workshop, I had to laugh. I actually sat next to a guy, who propped his boot up on the coffee table because it’s comfortable and I noticed we were wearing the same exact boots.
Interestingly, because we have the same taste in attire doesn’t mean we are headed down the same road.
From 21st Century Science and Health, “Who or what are we traveling with? If, from Boston, my friends are going to New Zealand while I am headed to California, we obviously are not traveling together. We have separate time-zones to consider, different routes to pursue, and opposite seasons to consider. Our journeys have diverged from the start and we don’t have much opportunity to help each other. On the other hand, if my friends pursue my direction, we have the same itinerary and interests. If I take up their line of travel, they help me on, and our companionship may continue.
On our spiritual journey, if we sympathize with mortality, we will be at the beck and call of error and follow a zig-zag course getting nowhere. If we travel with the worldly minded, we get sucked into a nasty cycle. A good example of this is randomly walking around the shopping mall, making feel-good purchases, and eating junk food with friends. We return home, thinking we had a good time and feeling satisfied. However, when we re-think the situation we realize that too much time and money was wasted. So, we go back out and buy books on time and financial management, and dieting, only to return to the mall to make different purchases and eat different food.
Our moral and spiritual progress will be monotonously slow if we constantly bounce back and forth between futile habits and the hope of forgiveness. Selfishness and stupidity cause constant retrogression. We must wake up to Christ’s demand, however, the waking generally causes suffering. We feel like we are drowning. We struggle to stay above the water. And, through Christ’s precious love our efforts are rewarded with success.”