What would you be willing to do, or to do without, if there was hope of a renewed mind waiting just ahead?
In Romans 12:1-3, Paul writes:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
It seems to me that he is writing a "theology" of Lent:
- We are to offer our physical bodies into our process of spiritual worship.
- We are to break with conformity and set new patterns.
- We are to think of ourselves with sober judgment.
I love those simple thoughts and the hope offered that these practices draw us closer to God, lead us to a renewed mind, and grow us to love with Christ's love. For many of us Lent is a new experience. We're not sure of exactly how to take part. We sometimes feel we don't know the "official" way to observe Lent. We don't feel liturgically qualified to jump in. Or we don't feel our way of doing Lent is big enough or sacrificial enough.
As Lent kicked off this week, two of our own staff have shared their own stories of navigating Lent: read Sharie's story here, and read John's story here. Their stories are priceless and honest, and I pray they'll help you feel more comfortable with doing and not doing some things over these next 40+ days, and even beyond.
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