A Lenten RESET!
Tomorrow is the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time of preparation. A time of simplicity when we try to reduce the distractions, and a time of fasting when we can focus on what truly matters in life. It is a time of walking closely with Jesus as he makes his way to Jerusalem and the events of Holy Week including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and only after all of that… Easter.
This year I’m thinking on the idea of RESET. I remember playing video games and sometimes you knew you weren’t doing well and so you decided to hit the reset button and start over. Its that ultimate ‘do-over’ moment of wanting to begin again with a clean slate.
Sometimes real life gets out of control just like that. The busy-ness takes over, chaos holds sway and we are going in many different directions. One at a time we chose it all but now its. just. too. much… and in the midst of that whirlwind we need to cringe and we scream out: RESET.
Sometimes we get going in the wrong direction. Our priorities are wrong, we aren’t even happy with our own decisions but we aren’t sure how to change it. We are ashamed and guilty of where we are or what we are doing but we keep going down the path… and inside we cry: RESET.
Sometimes we find ourselves caught up in a big swell of activity from our community – school, work, friends, neighbors, the whole world around us – and we find ourselves overwhelmed by events around us and feeling helpless in the midst of them, one little fish in a great big sea… what can we possible do? And we whimper: reset.
This year, let us use Lent as a time of reset – a time to take stock of where we are in life and where we wish to be, and reset the path that we are on: be re set by the Spirit on Jesus’ path.
Do you need to hit reset?
I will gather with many of you tomorrow as we mark this time of reset with Ash Wednesday. Ashes representing our sin and brokenness… ashes that mark our frailty and death, but we don’t stay with ashes. That is the reset, the turn. From ashes to table we are invited to let go that which binds us in shame and guilt and turn to God’s offering of grace and walk Jesus’ path of life – life that triumphs even in death. If you cannot gather with us I invite you to think on your own: what is causing you to need a reset button? What individual choices do you need to let go and let die, what communal challenges are weighing you down, what sins of church and nation and world do we need to repent of?
Mark them, burn them, and let them go… and take up life. Be re-set on the path God desires for you.