Read: We didn’t bring anything into the world and so we can’t take anything out of it: we’ll be happy with food and clothing. But people who are trying to get rich fall into temptation. They are trapped by many stupid and harmful passions that plunge people into ruin and destruction. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some have wandered away from the faith and have impaled themselves with a lot of pain because they made money their goal.
But as for you, run away from all these things. Instead, pursue righteousness, holy living, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness. Compete in the good fight of faith. Grab hold of eternal life—you were called to it, and you made a good confession of it in the presence of many witnesses. -1 Timothy 6:6-12
Reflect: Less is more. We hear it all the time. But we still say yes- yes, I want to work more hours, so I can make more money. Yes, I’ll volunteer at that and that, so I can make more of a difference. Yes, I’ll but that pair of shoes because I really need brown, black, and navy in this style. Yes, I’ll eat more. Yes, I’ll pay more for a haircut if I get more service. More, more, more.
Lent is about less. It’s about trusting that we already have enough. Enough time even. Just the right amount and then some. So, what can you take off your to-do list for this weekend so you have time to snuggle on the couch with a child or pray in the backyard while you listen to your birds? What grocery item can you skip this week at the store so your refrigerator has a little less cluttering it?
Most of all, what words can you give up in your prayers to God so that you can just pray a few scant words- “Jesus, I need you. Nothing more!”
Keep up the good fight, wisdom warrior.
Pray: Jesus, I need you. Nothing more.
Act: Breathe. Stop. Cancel a plan or an expense to free you up for soul time.
Family: Are you still savoring those jelly beans from day 1 of Lent? Enjoy one and then take a walk together.