I remember Andi Ashworth saying at one of the women’s retreats for our church to pay attention because everything is important. I’ve tried to be better about that, with a mixed level of success.
Some days when the hustle is too frantic in the morning and the list of to-do’s around the house is too large and the distractions in my mind too loud…it is difficult to think it is all important. Some days it all seems rather mundane, or just chaotic.
Those are the days I need the reminder, though. Those are the days I need the check to remember that even that day is important. We don’t get many, after all.
My Uncle Barry is in his last hours. He has been struggling with Alzheimer’s and now is nearing the end. His children are with him and are waiting and watching, and praying for God to bring him peace and take him home. Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust.
There is something very holy about one approaching their death. There is nothing mundane. Every moment is important. Everyone is paying attention.
It is folly to think we could live that way continually…we would exhaust ourselves. However, back to Lent, it is possible for a short season to attempt to pay deeper attention. To do things a little differently. Whether it is abstaining from sweets or from FB…it is an attempt to create something different in our routine. To force ourselves to pay attention.
Regent College posted an article yesterday that I thought was really helpful in getting started on the Lent journey. This one paragraph especially caught me:
And so Ash Wednesday sends out the call to pay particular attention during Lent. Particular attention to the way we’re spending our lives. Particular attention to the Word of God. Particular attention to the journey of Jesus toward the cross. Particular attention to our souls and to being human.
Go read the rest of the article by Stacie Gleddiesmith, and check out the rest of her blog…it’s great reading.
So, today…I’m trying to pay attention. Not to trivialities, but to where the eternal meets the mundane. A man walking to the desert…a savior preparing to fulfill the prophecies. A man dying a criminal’s death….a God rescuing a people. Pay attention to a Savior approaching His death. And….well, we’ll get to Easter, thankfully…
Pay particular attention.