I look to Google for the answer. I want to know what this Latin motto really means, so I type:
“Reformata Et Semper Reformanda.”
But maybe I could point-and-click into my own heart for the answer? Might I find the solution to the Latin puzzle in my very being, this very throne of Holy God?
I ask: What does this mean in my life — to be “reforming and ever-reforming?” Reformata Et Semper Reformanda.
These Latin words are not about reinventing the church, or altering God’s unchangeable Word to suit our fancies. Rather, this is about being open to the soul-altering work of Christ within me. It is us stepping out, raw and real, and falling before the Father with two words: Change me.
If we’re still breathing, we’re still learning.
He isn’t done with us yet.
Did I just hear the collective sigh from the other end of the computer screen? Was that relief I heard? Or maybe it was just me — a woman who tries so hard to live up to the invisible standard. Maybe I’m the only one who needed to be reminded today of this Truth: He takes us just as we are, but promises to never leave us that way.
We’re ever-reforming, like clay in the Potter’s hands. Think: Work in progress.
My walk often looks more like a stumble than a neat traipse down the center of the narrow path. It’s two steps forward, one step back.
But here — in these stumbling now-moments of life — are the only places I can really grow.
To ever-reform, I need three things:
1 – God.
2 – A yielded spirit.
3 – Time.
We are reformata et semper reformanda. Reforming and ever-reforming, even now, in this: The first day of the rest of our lives.
“Not that I have already obtained all this,
or have already arrived at my goal,
but I press on to take hold of that
for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
— Philippians 3:12
Photo: Two crosses on the Bible at our spiritual retreat this weekend, where we learned anew what it means to reform and ever-reform.
Most Wednesdays, I join Ann Voskamp in her Walk With Him Wednesday series. This week, she asks us to consider the spiritual discipline of time. How are we using it? I’m finding myself ever-reforming in the moment, growing nearer my God to thee, one step at a time.