Our lives get so full, and our schedules so dictated by distractions, that before we know it, time has passed, kids are grown, things have changed, we got older, and it was all a blur. So the point of Lent is to stop that rush of distraction, and instead, to pause, focus, pray, look around, and notice how God is moving in the world and in you.
Having an always-online smartphone is great, but does that super-connectedness make us view life differently? Or even view God differently?? Do we expect God to answer our text messages as fast as we expect friends to?
When we experience hardship, it is natural to ask “why.” A better question might be to ask “where.” Where is God when bad things happen? It often feels like God is absent during painful times, and that we are alone in darkness. But that is not the case. God is with us. Remembering that and the other things on this list will help us withstand the storms that come our way in life.
Arguments are unpleasant. They make us angry, devolve to shouting matches, and usually don’t actually solve the problem that started them. If we never listen to why the issue was important to the other person, then we’ll never be able to resolve the conflict. So instead of arguing, we should try listening instead.
While I usually don’t like to reduce the awesome, wondrous, mysterious ways that God works into a sound byte, there is one piece of such “bumper sticker theology” that is a good reminder of truth for us: “God is not an ATM machine.” So often we treat God solely as the Great Giver in the […]