Creating a good habit is a ton of work. Even just the thought of that work is enough to get me to not even try.
I have a great relationship with my children. They’re young, and for the most part, developing that relationship is easy. I’m quick to forgive them and they’re quick to overlook my own shortcomings.
I know that this ease of relationship won’t last. If I want to continue in relationship with them as they get older into their teens, adulthood, and beyond, I’m going to have to seriously work at it. I need to put in the time and the effort.
I feel a strong desire to have a strong relationship with my children, and yet I easily forget just how strongly God wants a personal relationship with me. I need to know my place in that relationship, and appreciate it! Being a child is a wonderful, grace-filled thing.
Starting to cultivate the relationship between Creator and created is really daunting. What do I say to the One who knows everything? Everything. I know how my son is feeling just by reading his body language, but I still want him to tell me what’s going on so that I can build on it. God is the same way.
I’m going to start small. Five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening. I want to work on building an intimate, personal relationship with the One who willed me into existence.
First Reading: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15
Second Reading: Ephesians 4:17, 20-24
Gospel: John 6:24-35