I often get caught up in the busyness of life and forget that being a Christian means being an intentional follower of Christ. That’s one of the reasons I love the season of Lent, which we’re currently in. This is a time that reminds me to slow down and look at how I’m spending my time and think about whether my activities are moving me closer to God or further away. Then I can refocus — I can give up things that aren’t helpful and choose things that are. Maybe I need to spend more time praying each day, or maybe I need to fast from complaining. Maybe I need to take time each day to be thankful for the things I usually take for granted.
Lent is a time to examine myself and see if I’m doing what Jesus asks me to do. Am I loving and praying for my enemies? Am I caring for the poor? Am I loving God with all my heart, soul, and mind and loving my neighbor as myself? Am I only saying that I’m Christian or am I living the life as well? Being a follower of Christ means to imitate him and strive to be more like him, not only when I’m at church or when I think I have time. I should seek to follow him in everything I do, every single moment.
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“My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.”
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