So where are you in this Lenten journey? Seem like we’ve been “Lenting” for a while now. Or just the opposite? Are you surprised at how quickly this Lent is going and feel like you still haven’t gotten a great hold of your resolutions for this Lent? Or both? I pray this Lent Devotional for Women has been a blessing in your Lenten devotional for time this year; I know it has been for me.
By the way, when I mentioned not having a good hold of your Lent, I was talking about myself. I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten into my Lent groove yet…and again. This happens every Lent. Of course all things considered this year, I may never get a hold of my Lent.
Not feeling like I’ve gotten a hold of my Lent, or ahead of my Lent; that’s red flag numero uno–the word “feel.”
When I say I don’t “feel” like I’ve hit my groove what I really mean, if I sit down and get quiet and honest is, I’m trying too hard to be or look “Lent-like.” Do you know what I mean?
This whole Lent we’ve talked about loving more and better and loving God, ourselves and others. I’ve tried to put a face to it and call it “Lent.” But that’s not what I’m being called to do. I’m not being called to be “Lent-like,” I’m being called to be “Christ-like.” Huge difference.
Here are some examples…
Lent-like gladly serves the little child in the donut line at church, looking him in the eyes and smiling.
Christ-like gladly serves the little child in my own home, looking him in the eyes and smiling.
Lent-like patiently helps the man in the grocery store find the Tumeric on the spice aisle.
Christ-like patiently helps my husband find the Tumeric on the spice rack in the pantry.
Lent-like scoots over in the pew at church, with a smile, so a family can sit down and share my pew.
Christ-like scoots over in the comfy chair in the morning during our quiet time, with a smile, for the earliest of early risers.
Lent-like offers to help clean up the kitchen after a church pot-luck or a women’s Bible study.
Christ-like offers to help our child clean up the kitchen after dinner when it’s their day to clean the kitchen.
Lent-like picks up the box of cereal that fell into the floor at the grocery store and puts it back where it belongs.
Christ-like picks up the box of cereal left out on the counter and puts it back where it belongs without yelling, Who left the cereal out?!!?”.
I don’t know about you but it is so much easier to be Lent-like than to be Christ-like.
You know Christ’s words where He says whatever you did for the least of these you did for me? Well, how often do we think or say, “Oh it’s just my husband…” Or, “Oh it’s just a kid…” I think when we use the word “just” to describe those closest to us, we have prioritized them to a “least” position.
And serving my family and those closest to me, as I would serve strangers or mere acquaintances may not “feel” as Lent-like but it’s definitely Christ-like. And right now, under the orders of social distancing, serving my family has become all the more important!
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