Today Virginia is out of time (LoL!) so here’s a previously shared (still relevant) post…
Out with the old, in with the new. Sure, we’re supposed to do that @ New Year’s, but Lent is a time to get rid of old stuff cluttering up our hearts and minds & strangling our wills to do new things we have been nudged to do – but 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) 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 to what He said earlier in Matthew 25, “Whatever you did for one of these least ones, you did for Me.”
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 student 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.
So, here’s today’s Lenten challenge: take some time to consider, how do I view time? Can I ask God for wisdom & verve to meet each hour expectantly – that His love & grace & mercy & peace & joy may rise anew within my heart to see & be new beginnings where I am?
grace, peace & (hourly) new beginnings
Virginia : )
p.s. After last week’s horrendous shooting in Florida, I’ve been wanting to do a blog post about gun violence – but Gwen over at play-grand.com posted something today that says it straight up. (Gwen & her husband Pepper were my high school Sunday School teachers & dearly beloved by my parents & especially me!)
Please check out her blog by clicking here: play-grand, “B.S.”