Today is Ash Wednesday, which begins Lent for Christians around the world. As Catholics process forward to receive ashes on their forehead, they are challenged to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” This can be very difficult for some. Sin is alluring, it’s deceptive and draws us in.
Friends gossiping about someone…do we stand up or do we join in?
Inappropriate jokes…do we laugh or do we express that it’s not funny?
Sunday mornings…do we ignore the alarm or do we head to church?
Office cooler talk…is it degrading someone or lifting co-workers up?
Is there a vise that is hold on to you…do you give into temptation or resist?
Lent gives us 40 days to look deep within and listen to what God is calling us to change. He wants us to spread His Good News by how we treat the least among us. We have a love within us that can penetrate everything we do. We only use a small portion of our brains each day, I think we also only use a small portion of our hearts each day. There is so much love inside of us, waiting to be spread to others. Simply ways will beget enormous effects. So let’s begin simply…Stop whatever you are doing and listen to your breath…be thankful for breath. We have so much to be thankful for…breath, sight, mobility, family, friends, health, homes, food, freedom…add your personal thank you’s here….
Lent does not have to be about “giving up” as many people get in the habit of doing each year. It can be about “changing heart”, if you have given up chocolate every year, what about this year giving out thanks.
Simply each night before closing your eyes, tell the Lord three things you are grateful for from your day…or
Write with a dry-erase on your bathroom mirror each day at night with one thing you are thankful for (what great messages to wake up to)…or
Tell one person each day how you are thankful for them in your life…
Simple. And I guarantee it will change your heart.
Open your heart during these 40 days.
Let the love set deep inside expand and be shared.
You will discover the true riches of life beyond your imagination!