Tuesday, March 31, 2009


It is amazing to me how many people consider themselves Christian but have an incredible disconnect from it in their daily lives. Claiming to believe in God and, even loving Him for an hour on Sunday mornings, does not constitute living a Christian life. As I look around me, I see so few examples of a true Christianity. What I do see is a lot of people focusing on their favorite television shows, their latest shopping trip, their plans for the evening, their hairstyle, basically, just plain, focusing on themselves. I see so few people really trying to serve God each and every day. I, unfortunately, would be completely hypocritical if I did not admit that even when I look at my own life and choices I struggle to see a real example of Christianity. I see a lot of my energy put into my lunch and dinner choices, my quest for a nap, and my desire to control my house in the tiniest of details.
I wonder if, when God looks upon His beautiful creation here on earth, He is as disappointed as I imagine Him to be. If only we weak and fallen humans could put as much thought into what we say in our prayers as we do into what we will wear to church how much better we would be.
Where did all this pessimism come from? I checked my Facebook site today and found another long list of all sorts of silly quizzes my friends and family had taken. As usual, I sat in front of my computer totally disillusioned by it all. I couldn't help but think, if only we were not all so concerned with our favorite beers, where we should live, or which Star Wars character we are most like. Wouldn't we all be happier if we spent our time, instead of in front of the computer answering goofy questions, in prayer with our Lord and Creator? Again, I need to look at myself first. If I turned my computer off, I would discover so much more time to devote to prayer and spend so much less time feeling cynical about the focus of the world I live in. I need to pray for my friends and family instead of "keeping in touch" with their lives through meaningless internet posts.
Lent is God's perfect invitation to examine our lives and our focus more closely. There is only a week and a half left of Lent. If you, like me, realize your Lenten journey has not been as fruitful as it could have been, up to this point, take heart. There is still time to pray with fervor, time to ask for God's guidance, time to get back on track. God is waiting, will you turn your computer off?

1 comment:

  1. I don't know if I will turn my computer off - but I did have a very un-original thought today as I contemplated a chore I particularly dislike and realized what an opportunity I was missing. Here staring in my face was the perfect opportunity to worship God by cheerfully doing this hated job and doing so for love of Christ. I miss many opportunities through out the day to turn something whether loved or hated into a prayer offered up for my children, a friend in need, in reparation for the sin of the world as well as for the unborn.

    I am trying to keep this thought in my heart and just finished folding a load of laundry as I pulled it from the dryer - simply offering up my physical action as a prayer for the reparation for the sins of the world while silently praying an Our Father.

    I will be posting these thoughts on my blog sometime this week. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!



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