No, this is not turning into a blog about religion.
Bear with me. I suspect you may understand my dilemma.
Here’s a quote from the Bible. According to Saint Matthew, Jesus spoke these words:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:19-21)
The Reverend Bill Cook shared these verses in his “Beginning Lent” post – in his “Faith and Conversation” blog. The blog is well named. His posts are a conversation. They provide a sense of being fed. Or, better yet, since he’s an ordained shepherd, his posts give me a sense of being led.
What’s the difference between being fed and being led?
As a child attending the Anglican Church with my mother, I heard directions, rules, commandments, warnings and recommendations from every sermon. I was well fed. Throughout them all, however, and well into adulthood, I would look for one question to be answered: How? I wanted to be led.
Keep the language. Keep the original tone. Keep the intent. But give me an example of “how”. How do I find this treasure – today? How can I store treasures in heaven – today? How will I know my heart is in that treasure?
I just re-read Rev. Bill’s post. After years of listening as diligently as I could to thousands of sermons about Lent, Rev. Bill just answered “how”. He gave the most precious gift – a suggestion for living. Typical of what I deeply believe Jesus meant his messages to be, Bill states “how” simply:
Lent is a season in which we are invited to get real with ourselves; to check and evaluate what we are invested in, what we are devoted to, what we have taken into our hands. Are we taking more care of people and relationships than things? In the middle of all of our concerns, are we treasuring our relationship with God, who is the source of life and all that is good?
Fed and Led. Does it get any clearer than that?
Thank you, Rev. Bill.