As we continue our journey through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each will be accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please send us your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation day-by-day, to its glorious culmination on Easter morning.
Romans 8:1-10 speaks to our tendency to get too focused on our worldly needs and pleasures and forget to put our minds on the spirit. The scripture goes on to say that getting stuck on the needs and desires of the flesh is deadening and putting our minds on the spirit enlivens us and brings us peace.
Probably it is fair to assume that most of us really want to live with vitality and to dwell in peace. Easier said than done, in my opinion. From my view, God gave us the ability to put our minds on both. It seems the problem starts when we can’t find balance. Getting stuck on what we want in excess leads to dullness and/or a self-centeredness that does not serve God, those we love and care for, or ourselves.
During this time of reflection in the lovely season of Lent, perhaps it would be wise to contemplate what it is that aids us in drawing our minds into balance. What are those practices that we do that move you in the direction of the Spirit? What are yours?
I know without a doubt that when I start my day with prayer and meditation, I move closer to placing my mind on the Spirit. Taking time to search, to ask, and to listen to what God wants for me today enlivens me.
Also, for me the physical practice of yoga and a discipline of walking have a better chance of making me feel vital, fully alive. We all know the dullness that sets in when we have been sitting too much and not moving our bodies.
The practice of gratitude is another way to feel more alive to Spirit. It is so simple to express gratitude every day for at least one thing that you appreciate. Maybe even twice a day! What a reminder that a little goes a long way in moving us in the direction that God wishes for us all.
As I listen and reflect on this matter, I find myself wondering why it is so difficult to maintain balance when it sounds so simple. In this passage from Romans, we are told that this is the way we are. This is our human tendency. So let’s set intention this Lent to discern what those practices are that lead us toward balance and keep us very focused on putting our hearts and minds on Spirit.
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Columbia, South Carolina
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