Lent is a time to...

Re-Focus on Christ by spending time in His Word and in prayer.
Re-Evaluate your priorities
  • What is getting in the way of your walk with God?
    • We're great at making excuses, but excuses don't do us a bit of good.
    • Are you putting yourself in position to be in God's Word by regular church and Bible Class attendance? 
    • Has a hobby, job, or anything else become an idol that is #1 on your list, even ahead of God? (If you're skipping church and Bible Class, then the answer is almost certainly yes).
  • What is getting in the way of your relationship with your spouse?
    • Has work started to consume your time and energy so that you have nothing left for your spouse and children?
    • Has entertainment (hello smartphone!) started to consume time that should be spend with your spouse or children? 
Remember who you are
  • You are who God says that you are.
    • So even though you've failed at the above lists (at least at times), remember what He says about you as His baptized child (1 Corinthians 6:11)
    • You can live from God's declaration of who you are rather than from what others think of you, what they say about you or even what you think about yourself.
Rejoice in the chance to serve others
  • Greatness in God's kingdom isn't measured by earthly success, but in service to others. (John 13:15 and  John 13:34)
  • Your closest neighbors are your spouse and children, so start there in serving others.
Rejoice in Christ's service to you
  • Ultimately Lent is about what Christ has done for us and the benefit we continue to receive because of Him. Rejoice in the goodness of God in giving you a savior.
  • Rejoice that we can continue to be served by Christ in the Divine Service as we receive His gifts.
  • Rejoice that "it is finished!"


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