“There is a temptation to see Lent as a time of self-improvement, during which my focus is on myself. … Let our focus be not on ourselves, but on Jesus.” (from The Magnificat Lenten Companion)
As I read this quote I sensed a wave of peace come over me. Lent is not about me. Nor should it be. I was trying to think of things I should give up…and quite honestly, there are a LOT OF THINGS I should give up: sweets, sodas, complaining, faithlessness, greed, the list goes on…
But, oh, there I go again, focusing on me! So, for this simple Lenten season in our lives, I’m going to rest. I’m going to rest in God’s goodness. I’m going to trust that He is at work, though I see lots of work that needs to be done around here. I’m going to open my heart and my hands and ask God to fill them with Himself.
I have heard this song several times this week, finally I told God that I got the point, He must be playing it on the radio just for me. I wasn’t listening closely enough the first time. It’s an older song to me, but the words hit me square between the eyes as I’ve been praying about Lent and just life in general!! Thank you, God, for speaking to me!
This is going to be my prayer over the next 40 days. So, if this place is a little more quiet than usual in the coming weeks, you’ll know I’m trying to listen for His voice. Pray for me.