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From the Inside Out

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“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.
Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.”
–Romans 12:2 (The Message)

Recently, while in the waiting room at the dentist office, I picked up a magazine that had an amusing snippet called “Property Laws of a Toddler.” It was a top 10 list that said, 1) If I like it, it’s mine; 2) If it’s in my hand, it’s mine; 3) If I can take it from you, it’s mine; 4) If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine; 5) If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way; 6) If I’m doing or building something, all of the pieces are mine; 7) If it looks like mine, it’s mine; 8) If I saw it first, it’s mine; 9) If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine; and 10) If it’s broken, it’s yours!

As we continue on our 40-day journey of Lent, these “laws” of a toddler remind me that in Lent we are called to examine our lives from the inside out and see where we might fall into the “mine, mine, mine” way of living. Lent can be a unique journey because it is a time of looking at ourselves with no masks or disguises. The Lenten season offers us a time to get back on course and to find our way again.

Over the centuries, Christians have observed Lent in different ways with practices and disciplines such as prayer, fasting, giving, serving, study and worship, all to help make us become more mindful of God’s love and grace.

In this week on our Lenten journey, may we find ways to look within ourselves, discern where we fall short of how God intends for us to live, and invite God to renew us.


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