I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
~ Philippians 4:13
One of the things that I shared with a group yesterday as we prepared to receive ashes as part of our Ash Wednesday service is that Lent should also be about what we hope to become.
We talk about Lent as a spiritual, inward journey, often filled with the idea that we are to sacrifice, or surrender something during the weeks leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but there is so much more!
I reminded folks that Lent is also about changing into what you hope to become. While Jesus was walking the path towards the cross, he was also in pursuit of something greater. The resurrection.
It's never too early to consider the resurrection. It's the reminder that while death cannot hold the Savior, the things that paralyze us, or keep us from being who God wants us to be, is also part of our journey.
Our Lenten journey reminds us that God is forever creating and recreating. Our lives can and should be reflective of that amazing journey as well.
So instead of thinking of what you are surrendering, consider who God is calling you to be!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.