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Lent 3.7

This week as we sit with the Temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, we will think of our own temptation.  Below is a quote from Dorothy Bass that spoke to that for me:

We delude ourselves into believing that if we can just get everything done, if we can only tie up all the loose ends, if we can even once get ahead of the crush, we will prove our worth and establish ourselves in safety. Our problem with time is social, cultural, and economic, to be sure.  But it is also a spiritual problem, one that runs right to the core of who we are as human beings...Indeed, those distortions drive us into the arms of a false theology: we come to believe that we, not God, are the masters of time.  We come to believe that our worth must be proved by the way we spend our hours and that our ultimate safety depends on our own good management.  

On the Breakaway retreat last weekend, Andy Greenhow spoke about the Lenten discipline of giving up one more.  He is giving up sending one more email before he heads home, saying no to the temptation to have one more helping of something delicious.  He is saying no to one more meeting and one more thing squeezed into his schedule.  He's also paying attention to what he is not pushing for one more of.  What are the things in his life, or in yours, that you could give more to?  How can thinking about time as God's design and in God's control free us to do what we truly believe is important or good?  Are there ways you view your self-worth based on how busy you are or how much you accomplish or how productive you are?  Spend some time in prayer with these questions.

Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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