MONDAY MUSINGS: Celebrate…Lint?

February 27, 2012 at 1:32 PM 1 comment

Not sure whether to sweep...or celebrate

As a child, I could never figure out why ANYONE would want to celebrate “lint.” After all, what on earth could be more run-of-the-mill than lint???

Now it turns out this pre-Easter season is about exactly the opposite. It’s about clearing out the junk that gathers on the lint screen of life, and sweeping it away so we can truly celebrate.  It’s about rejecting dullness, bad habits, and our tendency to take the sacred for granted. And learning to embrace those things that bring life, joy, peace…and true relationship with God.

So I say, let’s sweep out the old…and make room for the new!!

Let’s truly “observe” lint. Let’s pay attention to what’s been getting in our way – getting between us and God and His ultimate best for us – and then celebrate Him and His ways by taking a simple step of faith forward.

Wow, this whole thing could really catch on…don’t you think?  (forgive my exuberance…I’m a Protestant newbie!)

So the way I count it, we “late for Lent-ers” still have one more day before we technically have to commit. If we start tomorrow, we still have 40 days until Easter. So for those of you on the fence, there’s still time. (fellow procrastinators…that’s us!)

Yet despite the obvious challenges involved, I’m really looking forward to 40 days of putting off procrastination and putting on proactivity. I’m breathing easier just  thinking about going to bed  earlier, planning my days out the night before, and starting each morning at a definite time. Who knows, I might even get in the habit of spending some peaceful time with God before I fall asleep, instead of rushing my way to bed each night. Isn’t that a lovely thought?

I know it won’t be easy. But I love the idea of  deliberately “showing up” for the next 40 days…and watching God work through the process. Even – and especially – on those days when I don’t do it perfectly.

After all, isn’t growing in Christ about resting in HIS strength rather than ours?

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9

Hope your first week of Lent is truly blessed!


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