The spiritual life is all about transformation. There are three types of transformation that we regularly experience. For example when we are hungry, we eat and thereby transform our condition. If we move from the suburbs to the city, we transform our circumstances. But the transformation that we long for, that requires committing to a life style of spiritual discipline, joining a spiritual community, and working on becoming selfless is the transformation of being. A change of heart that propels us to serve the community. A community dedicated to serving God.
This is the transformation that we long for, the only thing that can fill the hole in our heart. We may avoid committing to this level of transformation for any number of reasons. We don’t want to face our demons, we are prone to distractions, or we mistakenly think we can fill the hole in our heart with something else – food, exercise, mountain climbing, a closet full of yarn, human relationships, etc…
But the nagging persists and it’s only when we give ourselves over to God does the hole start to fill.
Spiritual transformation takes time, effort, the support of a community. There is a quote that I’m not sure where it comes from that says every thought becomes an action, every action becomes a habit, every habit becomes your character and your character becomes your destiny.
I’ve been knitting on a bathrobe for years. It’s long and it has a train (I have joked that the train is to sweep up the dog hair).
This is my metaphor for my spiritual life. One stitch at a time, slowly creates a garment that will eventually envelop me from head to toe. I think Jesus was probably the only person who was totally transformed into the selfless person totally dependent on God and freely loving God and all people. As followers, we are called to do the same, to create a new life one stitch at a time.