I had a conversation with someone recently who was describing a loved one as they approached the end of their life. As the mental faculties and physical acumen failed over time, the aging parent reverted with greater and greater intensity to a particular time of life. “My dad was reduced to his training,” said my friend.
It’s all about muscle memory, isn’t it? You watch an accomplished gymnast and you know they can’t be consciously thinking about every move they are making. The pianist doesn’t have time to tell each individual finger which note to play, any more than the flight of a bumblebee can be the result of a conscious decision by those energetic insects.
How much of our behavior is determined by the habits we develop, the opinions we nurture, the trends we accept as our own?
Jesus had disciples – that is, people who were learning from a master. When push comes to shove we revert to the training we have submitted to over the course of our lives. May we submit to the the Way of Jesus. Let him be the master who determines the training we ultimately will revert to.
A blessed Tuesday.