In filling out that formation plan, I realized that I have some serious church baggage to work through. In some ways I neglected to work through it because I was using it to fuel my drive to get through school. Which I did, quite successfully. So...suck it, people who thought I'd fail!
In other ways I neglected to work through it because it's just plain easier to be angry than to forgive and move on. Also, I wasn't sure at the time what I'd be moving on to or if there was anything, spiritually, for me to move on to. So i just stayed where I was because I knew it and it served a purpose.
But the "I got baggage" excuse has outlived its usefulness and it's time to let go of things that happened years ago. I've no idea what that looks like.
I decided that I would make some sort of consistent effort to work through some of this spiritual crap that has been bogging me down. I'm not setting lofty goals, here, like "I'm going to read a book of the Bible every day starting with Genesis until I hit Revelation" (or most likely until I get bored in Numbers). That plan never works for me. In fact, I think the only goal that I am setting is to start and then continue.
I'll probably write about some of my attempts here for the same reason I posted about the Amazon tribe. Engaging in dialogue about some of my grievances may provide viewpoints I had not considered or had considered but rejected in my mind. A benefit of community, hey?
So with feelings of reverence, awe, fear and uncertainty, here goes!