It is a natural question while reading scripture: “Will I ever measure up like these people?” While scripture is filled with those who fall short of God’s desires, I hardly think I could even come close to the kind of humility and service they often portray.
As we turn our hearts to Lent, and disciplines like fasting and praying, I ask you to ponder this question: What does God expect of me today? What difference could I make in God’s creation that would prompt others to write stories about me?
We are called to lose ourselves in the midst of following Christ. What a task! What an endeavor of faith and trust.
As we are called forth from the story of Scripture, to use our talents, called to specific roles in the church, my joy comes in knowing that I am on track. I feel like I am in a place that I am finally able to use my gifts.
I encourage you to also inwardly reflect on these things, and begin discussions with those in your family or in your church about what your gifts are and how you can best realize the talents that God has entrusted in you.
May this Lent be one of humility and service, of purging and examining, of repentance and renewal. May the dawn of mercy break upon you. And may your love radiate forth this day…to all the world.