Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lent 2010, Day 20

“Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’" Deuteronomy 4:5-6
To participate fully in Lent* is to become wiser. For if we do, we emerge on Easter morning with a fuller understanding of ourselves, our purpose in life, and how to make daily decisions. The God who created us knows what will work and what doesn't. Following Him, as best you can, is like listening to the best coach in the world. You will become more successful as a person, a member of your family, and a citizen in your country. Pursuing holiness is not a form of self-flagellation, but the road map to happiness.

*Lenten practices commonly mean increased prayer (strengthening our understanding of God), increased alms giving (opening our eyes in new ways to the needs of people around us), and increased fasting (building self discipline).

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