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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lent: A Time to Look In the Mirror

When was the last time you looked in a mirror? This morning? In your car? Many of us spend lots of time in front of the mirror: primping, styling our hair, and making sure we look just right before we head out the door. Now I am all for looking your best, but how often do we look inside and consider the fact that our inner person is even more important?

I think Michael Jackson realized this when he sang this powerful song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEQAie8ABLE
On stage since a small child, Michael was always in the limelight. He had the glitz, the glamor and the fancy clothes. But as we all realize sooner or later, the glitz, the glamor and the lights fade all too soon and then where are we? When all is said and done, how much time have we devoted to shining up our souls?

Lent is an ideal time to take a look within. It's a time to get alone and get quiet with God. Too many people are focused on outward success: money, possessions, fancy cars, jewelry, prestige. True success has nothing to do with money. How many of the rich and famous are inwardly destitute? Lonely, unhappy, and unfulfilled?

True success  is about  growth, change, transformation, and becoming a better person. It's how we feel about ourselves, the steps we take to overcome our hurts, pains, and insecurities, and then what we can do to make a difference in this hurting world of ours. This is what Lent is really all about; it is an opportunity to work on our spiritual self which is what matters most in the long run anyway. We need to turn our eyes from what the rest of the world is doing, and focus instead of what God would have us to do.

It really doesn't matter what the rest of the world is doing. What matters is what you are doing. We are each on our own journey. The obstacles we encounter in life are stepping stones to healing, wholeness, and harmony.  The rest will come. "Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you," (Matt. 6:33).

When was the last time you took a good look inside? Remember to see yourself and others through the eyes of love with compassion and mercy.  If you want to make a change, remember  you have the power deep within. All you have to do is strengthen it.

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Until next time, remember you have the courage to make that change!

Keep looking up!

Ariel