Saturday, February 23, 2013

9 Days In

9 days in.

9 bulging bags.

9 loads of sacrifice.

When I committed to 40 Bags in 40 Days I forgot that I had just recently purged.  Eeek!

But the Lord didn't.  He knew that more needed to go.

Just a few shorts weeks ago I went through clothes, closets, drawers, and baskets; organizing, sorting, cleaning.  Our home became more a sanctuary and less a distraction with those unused, unneeded items gone to new places.

  The entire car trunk was full of give-aways.  

And now I am doing it again.  This time it's a little more painful, because all the "good stuff" is left.

That stinks.  I don't really want to get rid of my favorites--I held on to them for a reason!  But God certainly doesn't leave us in a comfortable limbo.  Because a "meet you where you're at God" is surely just a recipe for stagnation.  He asks to come further.  To stretch.  To perhaps welcome tension in order to grow.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Luke 6:38

The real lesson of worth here is that 40 Bags this Lent represents the tiniest, ever so minuscule reflection of sacrifice.  Giving when I want to resist and releasing what I think is rightfully mine.

Isn't that a wonderful picture of the Resurrection, the embodiment of Christ's character and being?  The reason we celebrate at Easter is because what death was rightfully ours, was taken from us.  Bared by Someone else but the sacrifice's result is claimed our own.

A small surrender out of my life is certainly too small a comparison for so great an Easter gift--but lesson runs marrow-deep.

40 Bags in 40 Days simply and quietly commemorates and recognizes Lent in our home.  A time to prepare hearts and lives for coming Easter.   To give until it hurts, to give more of ourselves; to recognize the One who gave it all.

Because the truth is...we just can't out-give God.


  1. Lovely post, Car. Such a challenge to think about the things we consider "rightfully" ours.



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