As we reach the point half way through Lent it may be important to do a review of what we value and what we actually do in our everyday lives. Whenever we do this, we always discover that something needs re-aligning. We discover that there are values we hold, commitments we’ve made, growth we desire, that simply are not on the list of our “actual priorities” – that is, the things that take the “first place” in our lives. A review of what is most important to us, and what seems to be important to us by virtue of what we actually do, is a good Lenten activity. If what we were hoping to do during Lent is to grow in personal freedom, based upon our growing sense of God’s love for us, our clearer vision of who we are, and our deepening desire to be more closely aligned with Jesus, then we will do this review carefully.
Enlighten me, O God.
What did this review of my priorities reveal to me? What needs re-aligligning in my life? How can it happen?
For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me. For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.
In conversion you are not attached primarily to an order, nor to an institution, nor a movement, nor a set of beliefs, nor a code of action – you are attached primarily to a Person, and secondarily to these other things.
Action expresses priorities.
Conversion for me was not a Damascus Road experience. I slowly moved into an intellectual acceptance of what my intuition had always known.
Nobody’s life is ever all balanced. It’s a conscious decision to choose your priorities every day.
Sometimes things in life happen that allow us to understand our priorities very clearly. Ultimately you can see those as gifts.