Many people have asked me what I am doing for Lent this year. So here it is. I am fasting from judgement and feasting on acceptance. This is based on the scriptural passages of Matthew 7:1-2, 12; James 1:19-21; Hebrews 13:1-3.
So far it has proven to be my greatest Lenten challenge so far. It has made me realize how many negative opinions I form of others without giving it any thought. Things like she is rude, he is fat, she looks weird, why do you drive like that, he hates me, etc.
After I struggled last night with some tough challenges, I awoke to this devotional from the Henri Nouwen Society which really helped to put my heart at ease and has given me a new focus on how to get through the remaining days until Easter.
Freedom from Judging, Freedom for mercy
Once again, God speaks to is all when and where and how we need it.
A friend on Facebook asked if anyone who was giving up something for Lent went to church. I think that is a valid question. There were many wonderful responses, some funny and some faith-filled. I wanted to share mine without invading other people's privacy by posting a snapshot of the Facebook conversation. Here is my response:
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”