Out with the old, in with the new. Sure, we’re supposed to to that @ New Years, but Lent is a time to get rid of old stuff cluttering up our hearts and minds & strangling our wills to do, well, new things we have been nudged to do but can never seem to get around to it.
When do we have the TIME?
Time tends to bulldoze our lives with commitments, duties, family and WORK as we madly dash (or trudge along) just making it through each day.
If it’s important, however, we MAKE TIME for it. Not to add any (extra) Lenten pressure, but Jesus did say: “Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for the least ones, you did not do for Me.” Of course, we can flip that around earlier in Matthew 25 when Jesus said, “whatever you did for one of these least ones, you did for Me.”
So, maybe we are doing lots of things that help others (in our spare time, or maybe it’s our work? like a doctor or nurse or teacher or pastor or priest or relief & development worker or business owner or as a full-time mom or what what..) But how do we view time?
We sometimes look at what we do as the same old, same old stuff. Humdrum. What does each hour bring? More of the same. As we pressurize ourselves to keep running from deadline to deadline without taking time to blink. Or we just do the next thing by rote.
“Each new hour holds new chances for new beginnings.” Maya Angelou
So, here’s today’s Lenten challenge: How do we view time? Can we ask God for new verve to meet each hour expectantly – that His love & grace & mercy & peace & joy may rise anew within our hearts to see & be new beginnings where we are? Inside, outside & around us?
grace, peace & (hourly) New Beginnings
Virginia : )
Amen to that …. And, it must be said, GL, that you have quite the collection of specialty clocks! 🙂
Thanks Cin -we really like our kitchen tea-pot clock (!!!) but my fav is the glass clock with the bluebird brought home (carefully) from Quebec City. Big blessings your way!! grace, peace & cool clocks — gL : )
Well said, my dear friend! It is easy to keep doing the same thing over and over, season after season, by rote, as you say. It’s so much harder to stop, reflect, look at our choices and prayerfully decide how to make use of the time we’re given. Mike and I are doing the latter, as opportunities come at us for the summer. Check in with me around July 4, see if we were successful!?
Thanks for your insight, Kay! Sounds like you & Mike have been doing some serious reflecting — hope God will continue to bless & keep you filled with extra grace – & LOTS of wisdom. Big blessings your way & hope you’ll be down this way sometime soon.
grace, peace & opportunities – Ginny
I am actually down in the ‘burg at least once a month – Dad has moved to an apt in Chambrel, on Treyburn Dr, and not surprisingly has had a health setback or two. FB msg me your cell # and I’ll call next time I’m heading down! -Kay