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Lenten Focus #6 — Go

Posted in religion with tags , , on March 31, 2010 by Kyle Fleming

This is the final part of a six-part series of the Lenten Focus, done every Wednesday during Lent. Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five.

I’ve always wanted to run a marathon. Honestly, I do. The only thing stopping me is my non-existent desire to run. Running is probably my least favorite thing to do in the world, so I rarely, if ever, run. I think the last time I ran was across the street, since I thought I could be a car across the intersection. I beat it, of course.

As much as I hate running, I also hate sitting still. I feel like I always have to be on the move, especially when I’m sitting in a class I don’t like. If I could just be able to move around more than crossing and uncrossing my legs during class (maybe Fruit Basket Upset in the middle of a lecture?), I would be more responsive to the material. But it is precisely my restlessness that gives me the energy to apply myself, albeit many times in the wrong areas.

The chaplain of the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir when I was in it was a man by the name of Karsten. One night, during our nightly devotional, he was telling us about being installed in the first church he was called to. The sermon that day, written by the head pastor, was entitled “Go,” in reference to Karsten’s personality of “Gotta keep moving, gotta keep going, gotta keep trucking ahead.”

And really, how many of us can honestly say that we aren’t constantly moving in our lives? I know for myself, each day is filled with classes, homework, rehearsals, lessons, meals, walking, sitting, reading, as well as blinking and breathing when I can fit it in. And with all of my semesters from now until graduation being overloaded so I can finish in four years, my life will be busier than ever.

Go, go, go.

Reflecting on it, though, we should already be moving and going with the Spirit of Christ. In today’s society, there is so much focus on the self, and not enough focus on others. For students, our schedules are jam-packed for nine months, and then we get a quick three-month reprieve before jumping back into it again.

Go, go, go.

We should be taking that break, and using it as an opportunity to go out into the world and show people the True Light of Christ. We should just be so moved with the Holy Spirit that it’ll take several herds of wild elephants to get us to stop what we’re doing and go back to the grind of work and school.

I’m willing to make this personal sacrifice if you are. We should all be making the sacrifice of ourselves since, as followers of Christ, we are not ourselves, but rather we are the people that we serve. If we are the least of these, we will be first into the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s imperative that we serve others, as that is the whole message of Jesus: to love, to serve, to give of ourselves for the sake of others.

It’s a simple charge today: Go. Make a difference in the world.

Because of the holiday, there will be no posts on Friday or Monday. Happy Easter!