is about developing an approach to life -- a
lifestyle dominated by values and concerns that
resemble God's values and concerns.
This isn't something we just "learn". It isn't primarily intellectual, and it doesn't stop when we are confirmed or finish school. It requires time, effort, ongoing study
and prayer. It includes emotional, social and practical components, and must be exercised until our faith is internalized and sets the tone for everything we dream or do.
At that point our faith starts to "exercise" us; Faith governs our lives.
is a life-long pursuit.
It challenges the values the world promotes so
brazenly and so successfully that we don't even
notice how much these "worldly" values
shape our desires and behavior: values like our need for entertainment, "success", getting a deal, competition, being "right", demanding our rights, and purchasing isolation
from disquieting problems. Faith development reorients us toward others, valuing compassion over power, generosity over acquisition, affirmation over criticism.
It suggests that we find an alternative to the fast lane of life and use our energy to do what we are created to do: to love life, to thank God for the opportunity,
and to share our love with others."