March Pastor’s Pondering

March Pastor’s Pondering

With the season of Lent taking us all the way through the month of March, I thought it would be a good time to explore a bit about what this season really means.  What does this time of reflection, repentance, and rededication to our Lord and our faith provide?  Why is it such an important part of our Spiritual Journeys?

Our UM Book of Worship gives us a bit of background on this season.  The word “Lent” comes from a Latin word which means “spring” and we all know that spring offers new life and new beginnings.  Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance by all Christians.

Lent is a perfect time to check-up on our Spiritual health and our commitment to Christ and his way of living, both personally and in community.  John Wesley proposed 22 Questions for those who were part of the “Holy Clubs” – Spiritual support and accountability groups which John and Charles Wesley began to help folks grow in their faith and quest for holiness.  During Lent, ask yourselves daily, these 22 questions:

  1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
  2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
  3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?
  4. Can I be trusted?
  5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
  6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
  7. Did the Bible live in me today?
  8. Do I give it time to speak to me every day?
  9. Am I enjoying prayer?
  10. When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?
  11. Do I pray about the money I spend?
  12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
  13. Do I disobey God in anything?
  14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
  16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?
  17. How do I spend my spare time?
  18. Am I proud?
  19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
  20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
  21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
  22. Is Christ real to me?

May we grow stronger as Christians and become more loving people as together, we journey to the Cross of Christ.               Pastor Will

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