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February 18 – Toe in the water

Post 177 of 198

Read: “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. . . Jesus came saying, ‘Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust the good news!'” -Mark 1:1, 15

Consider: She thought she would check it out- just to see if the water was warm enough for swimming. So she touched her toe to the water’s edge. It seemed alright. So she dipped in her whole foot. And after that, well, there was no turning back.

For the next 40 days of Lent (not counting Sundays which are always Easter), we are going to dip in our toes, and then our feet, and then maybe our whole selves, dip into the glorious luxury of not being afraid to do and to be whatever and whoever Jesus leads us to do and be.

First, today, we remember that this Jesus we follow came to bring us- what? bad news? About how bad off the world is, and how much we screw up?

Nah. Jesus came to bring us GOOD NEWS. About how great God is, and what lengths God will go to love this beautiful, broken world, and about how we are called to be a witness to the redemption of it all. So first, breathe in, relax. Everything we explore is going to be.good.news.

Come on in. The water’s fine.

Pray: O God, I don’t know. There’s gotta be a trick to going deeper with you. There always is with everything else. But here I go, because I want to live without fear right into your good news. What could you do through me if I weren’t afraid?

Act: What time or thought consuming habit are you going to give up for these 40 days, and replace with prayer, Scripture reading, service, or some other way to draw deeper into God? Make it small, something you can and actually will do. Commit to it.

Family: Count out 40 jelly beans and put them in a small far for each person in your family. Talk about how Lent is a time to take the time to pay attention to God. You will eat one jelly bean a day and see how s-l-o-w-l-y you can eat it, paying attention to it!