Thursday, 23 February 2012
By Amy at Make Me a Mary
I don’t watch TV, I don’t read the paper, and I really don’t even read the news online—so I had no idea that it was Fat Tuesday until I looked on Facebook. Good thing Facebook is a great source of news and information.
The Baptists didn’t emphasize Lent when I was growing up—at least not in my hometown. But my Catholic friends gave up something for Lent each year, and it was usually something unpleasant and unappealing to a kid, like gum or candy. Every year I remember thinking, I’m sure glad I don’t have to do that.
Well, I’m giving up something for Lent this year, and just because I want to. I need a time of prayer and fasting.
But anyway, I saw a status update yesterday that said, “Since everyone else is attempting this ’40 days of no alcohol’, I’m tempted to try it too!”.
And I wondered, in this fallen world full of evil and temptation, Is there anything about my life that tempts others toward the things of God?
It’s an easy thing to do on a blog in the Christian blogosphere while you’re hiding behind a screen. But in real life, it’s a whole different story.
Like the other day, when a mom came over to pick up her son and asked me to keep an eye out for good rent houses around our neighborhood because they’re looking to move over here. I told her I would look around and let her know. I kept wanting to tell her I would pray but never did, because I know she’s not a Christian.
I’m such a wimp sometimes.
So I ask myself again: What about my life tempts others toward the things of God? Not just in my writing, but in my life.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16