I feel so different today. It must be a New Year.
Last night I was so glad to see 2011 go. It felt exactly like it did on New Year’s Eve of 2010, 2009, 2008…
It’s the same “time” of year that we desire to be the type of person that we didn’t become last year. To make the type of changes that we didn’t make last year. But why does this cycle seem to continue year after year after fantastically-too-quick and full-of-letdowns year?
Time is something that we made up to make sense of our finitude. As humans, we are limited. We can’t grasp the idea of infinity and we struggle to think beyond the confines of our minds. So we created time. We made a calendar. We determined that the rising and setting sun and the rhythms of the seasons and harvests determine for us when we are supposed to do things. To wake up. To plant. To eat. To go.
As if humanity is not limited enough to begin with, our quantifying creation limits us even further. We’re late. We don’t have enough time. We can’t get things done. We can’t make things happen.
We can’t dream. When we sleep, it is typically too short to dream. When we are awake, we are too tired and frantic to dream. And if we do dream of something we think, “I’d like to do that but I just don’t know when I’ll do it. There’s just not enough time.”
We made clocks that tick and tock and move aimlessly into a future that doesn’t even exist. We wait for things to pass only to look back and discover what we could have done with our “time.”
What could you do if time didn’t exist? Oh, wait. It doesn’t.
I updated my previous installation of WordPress 2.5 to 2.7 using Fantastico within my AN Hosting account. Due to heavy reading expectations in my M.A.R. Missional Leadership program, I have had a difficult time keeping my blog posts recent and current. Hopefully, the new look and feel of my upgraded dashboard will encourage me to continue posting regularly. I really am enjoying the flow and usability along with the fresh and appearance.
I also hope to continue to refine the look of subversiveREFORMATION.com as I continue to learn CSS and HTML along with web hosting and image creating/editing. I don’t find the process of blogging and learning web-languages an irresponsible use of time. Our culture is one that has become dependent upon or at least adjusted to online forms of connectivity and communication with images, video, and instant response systems at the core of interaction.
An interesting question arises with web-language and communication technologies: What is the appropriate Christian response to decreasing human-to-human interactions ?
I arrived last night into Philadelphia PA and drove through Trenton and Princeton on my way to Somerset NJ to stay with my Aunt Dayna, her husband Ken, and my cousin Addy. They have been so very welcoming and it is good to reconnect with family. The home here is amazing. It was built in the late 1700s or very early 1800s and though updated extensively possesses a sense of permanancy and tranquility. We fed the geese this morning by the pond out back and then shared a meal of eggs on English muffins. Aunt Dayna helped me with a morning workout on the Nintendo Wii Fit Pad.
I’m leaving now for Princeton to visit the University before checking in for the Envision Conference. As time allows I’ll be adding posts throughout the day updating the experience and sharing dialogue for online interaction for those who couldn’t attend and are interested in the vision and direction of the church. I have a great sense of peace combined with an overwhelmed feeling right now. The interactions coming in the next couple of days will stretch, bend, twist, and shape me as I absorb from and interact with some of the leading authors, academics, and practitioners in missional thought and living. I also have about 6 other ideas for posts right now so there may be some quite random thoughts thrown in here and there.
If I didn’t have to sleep I would have enough time. That is a problem.