Lent 24: Beyond the playground

8 03 2013

Repentance is a big Lenten theme. To repent is to change one’s ways, to turn away from one’s current way of doing something, and to do something different.  Lent 24: repentance... and meaning it

How do we get beyond talking about repentance as a good idea, as something we should do… to actually repenting? How do we allow God to change our hearts and actions and words and thoughts, so they reflect God more? Too often I think we approach repentance like the playground truck pictured here. It’s fun, and useful to play on, to talk on, to connect with others around… but it’s not actually that useful for anything besides play on this particular playground. There’s nothing wrong with this truck on a playground. I like it. But when it comes to following God, we need to take ourselves out of the conversational mode, and into the action mode.

What would it look like if we were to actually make some changes that we felt God wants us to make? What would those changes be? And what needs to happen, for us to take these changes beyond the playground (as good as the playground is) and into our lives?

Lent 23: Which Way?

8 03 2013

Yesterday evening, Jim and I joined Jen & Rob (friends who were visiting this week–they had gone to Philly for the day) for dinner. We met them in the Comcast Center, a very fun, tall, many-windowed building downtown. I didn’t even know this place existed, and we spent very few minutes in the “lobby” of the center, but I was immediately drawn to these statues/figures walking different directions way up high. Lent 23: Which way?

Choices are everywhere, in daily life. At least it seems that way. You can do this, you can do that, you can do the other thing… you can go left, right, straight, behind, veer, make a u-turn, go in reverse… Granted, not all choices are available at all times. Often we wish for more choices–and, at times, we wish for fewer choices. Some choices are obviously good, some are obviously bad, others are simply not the best… and still others don’t have a giant affect on our lives.

What choices have you been faced with today? How did you decide? Or did you? And what choices could help you to draw closer to God?