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Lent Reflection: 2/21/13

2/21/2013 Will Minter (C’14)
Deuteronomy 9:23-10:5
Hebrews 4:1-10
John 3:16-21

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’ –John 3:16-21

It’s diet season, y’all. We have overcome the gluttonous gauntlet of the holidays, and we now eagerly anticipate the opportunity to bask in the glistening sunshine of summer! In the meantime, Lent provides the ultimate inspiration for cutting all the excess fat out of your daily diet. You’ll be beach-ready in no time (thanks, Jesus!). While fasting is an important part of Lent, I can’t help but think that it is more important to focus on what you can add to your spiritual diet instead of fixating on cutting back on your physical one. Reflecting on the idea of the Sabbath, I aspire to set aside time during my week to relax, meditate, and observe the wonders around me. Sounds easy enough, right? However, when I think about what I actually do on the Sabbath, I realize that the Sabbath is when I do the most work of my entire week. Hyped up on caffeine, on the verge of tears (and most likely cursing), I waste away the hours of a sacred day furiously writing and revising in the basement of the library. Leaving my work behind on the Sabbath would be a HUGE sacrifice. Fortunately, God understands sacrifice. It’s times like these that we must remember the ultimate sacrifice.

John 3:16 is arguably the most well-known bible verse in the world. From infancy, we are told, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus made an immensely painful sacrifice for all of us, so why is it so difficult for us to sacrifice for him? Is our self-love that much stronger than our love for our lord and savior? Fortunately for us, God’s love accepts each of us in spite of our selfishness. And, unlike Cher, we know there is life after love. After accepting Christ’s love into our hearts, we won’t just have life, but eternal life in the bountiful kingdom of heaven. As you’re counting calories this Lenten season, count how much time you spend talking to God and see if you can’t add a little more. Never forget that there is definitely life after love, and happy dieting!