We live in a world where we run around in circles. As great lent begins for us Orthodox Christians, we need to unplug and stop running and slow down, to gain focus on what is truly important in our lives. It can be compared to many of the elderly who go to the doctors feeling extremely ill, not because of their infirmity but, from the side-effects of the many pills they are taking, unknowingly. We become trapped in our own mess. We do not find time for God. Sometimes, we wonder, where did all the time go? Regret, is a hard cookie to swallow.
What does it mean to unplug? It means to break routine. Doing things differently. I used to laugh at the rountines of my grandmother and parents. Everyday was the same. They would make their bed the first thing in the morning, followed by breakfast, dishes and chores. I'm not saying that all routines are not good. Certainly, the kids need to be on time for the bus and parents need to be on time for work. This generation is so scheduled that they can hardly breathe. Time to get off the merry-go-round, as the faster you go, the chances for getting off become fewer and fewer, until you are captive of it.
How do you know the important things that God has in store for you and your family, if you don't ask Him? What is required, is to tune out and tune in to Him. Lent gives us that opportunity, an opportunity to make time for God. Spend some time alone, and in a quiet and peaceful setting, find that He still loves you, that He still cares, and listen carefully, for His counsel.
He will probably tell you that you should be obedient, even when you are sick and tired, you will find the strength, for He will carry you. Did you ever feel that you need a place to hide, away from all the cares? Hide in Him, and you will find rest.
Do you still think that you do all things by yourself? That is a good place to start...Without God, we are nothing, and I hope you will never have to find that out the hard way. We are all so stubborn and hard hearted, and self-centered at times. The "me" generation.
Getting free from life's entanglements is where we should all begin.
Let go and let God, and in Him, you may find something that you've been missing.
Maybe, your way or the highway, is not the best way after all.
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