Please read chapter 18 from Days of Deepening Friendship and then enjoy the reflection.
I came from a religious tradition in which conversion was a definite event, and often considered to be a one-time event. One day a person meets Jesus, decides to give her life to Jesus, and that’s her conversion. She chooses Jesus and never looks back.
It doesn’t take much life experience to learn that conversion is ongoing and not one-time-only. I liken it to marriage. When I committed to my husband nearly twenty years ago, I could commit only to what I knew; as the years went by, he and I both learned more about exactly what our commitment really included. At the same time, the relationship expanded and the love grew and made it possible to commit to a larger and more detailed life together.
This is what happens when we convert, or turn our lives toward God. We can say yes to what we know of God, but we can’t possibly know what that yes will entail as we continue, day in and day out, in God’s presence. We hope that this relationship with the Divine will grow and expand and with it our ability to remain faithful.
And what if we don’t remain faithful? Well, even when we aren’t faithful, God is:
“If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.”
—2 Timothy 2:11–13
So we continue to say yes, to turn toward God, to learn faith and build our trust. This is the journey we were made for.
Try to identify four or five conversion points in your life. Remember them and thank God for them. Allow the memory to feed your wisdom and faith.