Finding the Center
“…and endurance produces character and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because
God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
Perhaps from time to time you get in a place where life feels like sheer endurance; you just grit your teeth and hang on by your fingernails and wonder how long you can endure. When does endurance become hope for you? Where do you turn for encouragement?
In Lent we are called to take a closer look at our lives and it also makes a good time to reconnect with those people or activities that sustain us in times of crisis, even if we are not necessarily experiencing a “crisis” at the moment.
Our own ability to remain centered or know the best way to find our center again, are among the most important resources we can have for ourselves and that we can offer others. When we can find our center and settle ourselves there, we can resist projecting our own anxieties onto others, we can act with patience and flexibility, and we can speak with civility.
There is an old bit of wisdom that says, “The best time to plant an oak tree is 20 years ago.” In the same way, the best time to find and nurture the center of our character with hope is before we find ourselves in the midst of crisis.
As we continue on our Lenten journey, may we find the hope-filled center of God’s love and grace in our lives and settle there.