Every day I am formed. Situations, pressures within and without, and my own fears and desires shape me through conversations and mundane activities such as commuting or preparing a meal. Much of my situation is already determined; for instance, I’ve committed to a marriage, and I’m an employee, and those two relationships will form me, day in and day out.
However, I can choose to include influences that will help shape me into the person God created me to be. I can choose daily prayer, regular conversation with people who encourage and teach me, and engagement in a community that helps me live out my faith. I can ask myself to list right now the influences I have already brought into my life that will help form me as the person I want to be.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, which influence might I seek on a regular basis?
from “small simple ways: an Ignatian daybook for healthy spiritual living” by Vinita Hampton Wright, Loyola Press