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For the last few years I’ve blogged through the 40-days of Lent. Some years I’ve written about things we could give up for Lent (i.e. guilt, people pleasing, expectations, comparison, whining, etc.)…other times I’ve written about what to add to Lent (gratitude, rest, encouragement, margin, compassion, etc.).

I didn’t attempt this 40-day adventure of writing last year. The discipline became a drudgery, instead of a joy, so I decided to be sporadic and only blog as I felt led. Well, that was a big flop. Without the accountability, I never wrote at all. Sometimes I just need a list to keep me on track…squirrel!

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This year, I’m participating in a 40-day Lenten Bible study with some wonderful women in my church. I’m excited, as I usually am, to start something new. The study involves elements of fasting, candles, Scripture study, prayer and sabbath…all areas I lack in discipline. As the days progress, I’ll be sharing things I’m learning.

I’ve discovered wonderful resources dedicated to this time, from daily to  weekly devotional emails to book studies (like the one I’m doing). I hope you will choose to spend some focused attention on the Lenten season…the 40-days preceding the death (and resurrection!!) of Jesus.

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Flower_reflectionMy 40-day journey of addition begins today. And I wanted to start with something which will help me all the way through this adventure.

Reflection. So many definitions. One involves a mirror. Yuck.

Some of us use the mirror as a tool to pluck a stray hair, check for green stuff in our teeth, or make sure that eyeliner went on straight. Others  use it as a tool to beat ourselves over the head…”too fat,” “too pale,” “big nose,” “big butt,” “big ears,”…the voice in my head can depress me more than any Donald Trump sound bite. My self-esteem can take a big hit if I saw myself the way that mirror says I am.

But there’s another mirror…a magic mirror…I can use every day, at any moment, if I choose it. This mirror reflects the real me…the me that God says is valued, loved, cherished. The mirror of God’s Word is the only true reflection of who I really am.

Another definition of reflection has to do with  meditation or consideration.

I think about stuff. Don’t you? I spend a lot of time in my head, constantly talking myself into and out of things. So today, I’m committing to spending more time in reflection. Intentionally considering my life, my schedule, my choices, my God. I’m looking forward to listening to the Holy Spirit as I try to reflect who I am because of who He is in me.

That’s another reflection to consider. How do I reflect the love of Christ into this world I live in? I’m a pretty flawed human being but Jesus lives in me and I want His love, His words, His character reflected in my words and actions.

Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthian church and in it he included a section we like to refer to as “the love chapter” – 1 Corinthians 13. It’s very beautiful (if you take time to REFLECT on all of it). There’s a long list of what love is and isn’t (love is patient, kind, not envious…). But one of my favorite parts of the section, toward the end, of what it will be like when we see Jesus.

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

When we see Jesus, we won’t wonder if we are too fat or too thin, accepted or not accepted, loved or not loved. I will know all things as He knows. A reflection is good for now, but I can’t wait until I see Him face-to-face.

 

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