February 26, 2013 By: Kayli Burnett
When I was asked to write a devotional, I’ll confess that I needed to remind myself about the true meaning of Lent. I was reminded that during Lent we can choose to examine ourselves, looking for the ways we need to make changes in our lives (hopefully for more than 40 days). We might intentionally fast & practice self-discipline, while becoming more aware of those problem areas. Trust me… I know how difficult that can be!
Shamefully, I very recently had a time where I became more aware of something that needed to change in my own life. It was a Sunday afternoon when a friend came over to view my new apartment. I was very excited about my new home & happy to show it off to my friend. As I showed him around my new place, we got to the closet. This was the only feature I wasn’t head-over-heels about. It was a good size closet, but in my personal opinion needed to be bigger. Luckily for me, he’s an excellent friend. As I began to explain how it felt too cramped & wished there was more room, he offered another perspective. He said something along the lines of, “You know, if this closet isn’t big enough, maybe you just have too many clothes.” I looked at him & immediately said, “You know what – I think you’re absolutely right.” I was embarrassed that my desire for a bigger closet was a reflection of my desire for more possessions than I really needed.
It was in that moment that I realized I should go through my closet & donate to Goodwill. I admire the concept of Goodwill – giving to those who might be in need. I believe it’s a concept Jesus speaks to in Acts 20:35 – “We must help the weak & remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” This season of Lent, I challenge you to examine yourself and think about the areas of your own life that might need improvement.
Dear Lord, please forgive us of our sins. Help us to overcome our faults & follow the example of Jesus. Live in our hearts and guide us always. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.