The View from My Window: Too Tired to Try These 40 Days?

The View from My Window: Too Tired to Try These 40 Days?


David A. Gilmore

3/15/2017

During this season of Lent will we try or are we too tired?

• Will we try to live right and holy, or are we too tired?

• Will we try to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourself, or are we too tired?

• Will we try to move beyond personal wants and minister to community needs, or are we too tired?

• Will we try to look past the past. . . giving thanks for the right now no matter how “rocky” right now might be, or are we too tired?

• Will we try to respond to God’s grace by offering grace to others, or are we too tired?

• Will we try to nurture, equip, empower, and send out disciples according to the Good News of Jesus and not (fill in our name), or are we too tired?

• Will we try loving with heart and hands. . . and moving past lip service, or are we too tired?

• Will we try re-membering who we should be pleasing, understanding we might ruffle some feathers, or are we too tired?

• Will we try praying for those who persecuted us. . . always trying to love some heaven into them, or are we too tired?

• Will we try embodying the Christianity we profess even when it is not always popular, or are we too tired?

• Will we try going on to perfection, understanding we’ll probably never be perfect, or are we too tired?

And, even though we have not been all we should have been . . . and even though we sometimes get turned around and fall down. . .and even though we sin and fall short . . . will we at least try leaning on the promise that God’s grace truly is sufficient, or are we too tired?

During this season of Lent, I would submit that some of us miss the mark in evangelizing, because we are too tired to try, or maybe trying too hard to be tired. My prayer for Lent is that we who are too tired to try learn to lean on the One who revives us. . . even when we fail (I mean fall)!

Stepping away from my window now . . .