appetite for distraction

HungerGamesMain

to be honest, I don’t know much (if anything really) about “The Hunger Games”…
yes, I am using the logo….
yes, I attempted a play on the movie title…
but, this post has nothing to do with the movie or the plot or the characters…
sorry 😉

in this season of Lent, many folks are
dieting
exercising
fasting
getting healthy
giving up this…
giving up that…

why do we do that?
why do we choose 40 days out of the year to change our lives?

what happens on day 41????

so many times…
giving up something
in order
to curb my
appetite…
for food, for electronics, for meaningful connections
for caffeine, for “stuff”
for….

but for what reason?
Lent isn’t about forfeiting as much as it’s about formation.” – Ann Voskamp

so what good is giving up chocolate if I don’t really crave God?
what is the point of depriving myself of caffeine if I don’t get energized by being in the presence of God?
if I forfeit things just for the sake of “doing Lent” then what’s the point?
where is the change?
where is the transformation?

then, Lent becomes a sort of “hunger game”…
deprivation
forfeiture
for 40 days…then you win!!

consumed for that time with
what I am sacrificing
not so much the benefit of spending time with God

do we spend time with God?
do I spend time with God?

I seem to have more of an
appetite for distraction…
to fill the empty parts with things that take my focus off of my relationship with God
whether it is
what I have given up for Lent
or the class I have to read for
or the paper I have to write
or the down time that I am entitled to
or just not “feeling it”

pretty shallow, I think.

don’t misunderstand me, please.
there are things that must be done…
there is time that we really do need to take and rest and relax…
there is benefit in celebrating the season of Lent.

but, when those things distract me,
become a preoccupation
or an interruption in my life…
then what satisfies my hunger??

how does my life transformed ever become a reality??
You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. – Matthew 5:6 (MSG)
being transformed by grace…

time keeps on slippin’….into the future

time
time…

pressed for time…
in a hurry…
lickety split…
posthaste…

go here
do that
fix this
make that

read this chapter
write this paper
do this research
blog about this…respond to that

but

where

does

God

fit

in?

in between…what?
getting up and lying down?
where is the time?

time is slippin’ away….

then heartache crashes in…
THEN
I have time for God…
THEN
I make time for God…

time…
is it that I know God will always be there?
is it that I think I can do life on my own?
is it that I find God boring?
is it that I have more questions than answers?

recently, I have been pondering (more like I have been hit in the gut with) the notion of friendships…
my expectations…
my “ideal” friendship…

and when I boil it down, I think it comes down to
time.
making time for me…
spending time with me…(even text/FB/or e-mail)

but
then
I
think
of
my
friendship
with
God

if I value “time”
then
do I value
my friendship
with God?

do I spend time with Him?
do I make time for Him?
do I carve out time for Him?

time, truly is slippin’ into the future…

what will I do with the 24 hours I have been given?

soar like an eagle?

He energizes those who get tired,
    gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
    young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
    They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
    they walk and don’t lag behind – Isaiah 40:29-31 (MSG)

strengthened by grace…

 

 

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