Sunday is a day of rest and reflection, so now that we are a few days into Lent, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts and experiences from the 40acts challenges.
Act #2 was to create a kit of useful items, relevant to your situation, to give away. As a mum with a large handbag, I’m already half way there, as I have a little set of plasters, pain killers, tissues etc on me most of the time. However, I’ve always kept them as useful items for myself, not for others. Now I have a separate purse with items specifically to give to others when the time arises. My handbag has grown a little heavier!
Act #3 focusses on community, and getting a little more involved. I work in London, and don’t have much additional time to get involved with my local community beyond my existing commitments, so I’ve had to think creatively. Whilst out on my Saturday morning run, I realised how many people I was running past and completely ignoring; my headphones in, and focusing inward. This was going to be out of my comfort zone, but that is what 40 acts all about. So I made an effort to look at people and grab eye contact. A simple ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’ was all it took. It’s amazing how people’s faces change when you smile at them. That moment of connection with another person. Some looked down, or were absent in their own world, so I took the opportunity to say a little prayer of blessing for them as I jogged past. It completely transformed my day.
Act #4, swapping screen time for family time. Yes, yes, yes! I’m guilty of this one, so more than happy to make an effort to focus on the here and now. It’s been my daughters birthday this weekend, so family time in abundance!
My 8 year old son has decided to give up chocolate for Lent. On Thursday evening he was offered a biscuit (chocolate topped) and without thinking took one and ate it. A few minutes later he realised his mistake, and was distraught. There was tears and frustrations, and no amount of consolation seemed to settle him. It really hit me how much this meant to him. I learn so much from my children. Jesus himself points us to them.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Would we weep if we make a mistake when trying to do something for God?
Whilst at parents meeting at school this week, a poster on the classroom wall caught my eye:
You only fail when you stop trying. Everything else is learning.
I pray I have the perseverance to keep trying and continue learning. Amen!