Lent 2018 Reflections

How busy are you today? You really busy today? It's amazing how easy it is to get really busy. And how often, like, in our lives, like . . .

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Day 1

Lent is a beautiful thing. It's a really unique thing. And it leads into springtime. And we all need a new springtime in some aspect of our lives . . .

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Day 2

As we talk about this theme of progress, I think it's really important to understand that it doesn't matter how small the progress is . . .

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Day 3

One of the powerful phrases we use to encourage people to have an extraordinary experience of Lent is, "Don't give up chocolate for Lent." The idea is that Lent is an incredible opportunity . . .

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Day 4

For twenty-five years I've been talking about God's ultimate dream for us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves . . .

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First Sunday

You know, when I hear this Sunday's Gospel, I can't help but wonder, “What was Jesus feeling?” And at this moment, at this moment . . .

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Day 5

So, progress, not perfection. Celebrate our progress, because the more we celebrate our progress, the more progress we're likely to make . . .

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Day 6

One of the great themes of Christian spirituality is self-knowledge. God is constantly trying to help us know ourselves more intimately: strengths and weaknesses, faults, flaws, failings, defects, abilities, desires, yearnings . . .

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Day 7

One of the misconceptions that we can fall into, especially as Christians, is that, in some way, our Christianity is about pleasing people. That we always have to be nice, that we have to please people . . .

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Day 8

People are obsessed with happiness. People are obsessed with being happy. There's a reason, a really good reason. The reason is because God created us for happiness . . .

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Day 9

I think, very often, when we do come to sort of watershed moments in our lives, we come to God, and we say, “Alright God, I'll do whatever you ask me to do . . .

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Day 10

When we talk about becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves, I think it's an elevating idea. I think it's something that is inspiring. It's a concept that is inspiring unto itself . . .

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Second Sunday

This Sunday we hear the familiar story of the Transfiguration, right? We've all heard this story before. There's so much that we can dig into . . .

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Day 11

One of the things our culture has enormous respect for is success. We're constantly reading about, you know . . .

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Day 12

As human beings, we have this phenomenal ability to deceive ourselves. To be delusional. To step outside of reality. To create our own reality . . .

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Day 13

So we've been talking about character. We've been talking about virtue. We've been talking about making progress and becoming a-better-version-of-ourselves . . .

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Day 14

As human beings, one of our expertise is to make excuses. Our culture has fallen into this sort of macro excuse—this generalized excuse . . .

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Day 15

Our God is a God of purpose. He's a God of purpose. He does things on purpose, with purpose, for purpose . . .

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Day 16

We spend a lot of our time . . . we spend a lot of our lives working. And so it's impossible to address the concept of life, the concept of becoming perfectly yourself . . .

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Third Sunday

This Sunday we get something so incredible in the Gospel reading. But it's also really easy to overlook. In this Gospel, we get to see the rich humanity of Jesus . . .

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Day 17

If you could do anything with the rest of your life, what would you do? Most people never really think about the question because they think it's not possible . . .

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Day 18

Once we know what we love doing—once we know what produces that timelessness, that incredible experience . . .

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Day 19

One of the main goals of our spirituality, one of the main goals of Christianity, and one of the main goals that God has for each and every single one of us . . .

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Day 20

When you have a big decision to make, who do you talk to? Whose advice are you looking for when you got a big decision . . .

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Day 21

At the core of becoming perfectly yourself is this concept of living an authentic life. And of course, we have to make it much more . . .

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Day 22

So if in order to become perfectly ourselves, to be the person God created us to be, and to live the life God created us to live, the key is living an authentic life . . .

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Fourth Sunday

In this Sunday's Gospel, we get to hear the most famous verse in all of the Bible: John 3:16 . . .

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Day 23

I think there's a real distinction between responding and reacting, you know? And of course, animals react. Something happens to an animal and an animal just reacts . . .

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Day 24

We've been talking about the authentic life. We've been talking about the integrated life and this desire we have for lasting happiness . . .

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Day 25

One of the biggest issues in our culture over the next fifty years will be addiction. Because, as we have abandoned the authentic life—or even the desire to live an authentic life—as we have abandoned the integrated life . . .

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Day 26

When's the last time you intentionally denied yourself of something? At the core of an integrated life is this discipline . . .

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Day 27

If we do want to live an authentic life, if we do want to become more perfectly ourselves . . .

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Day 28

So if one of the great obstacles of living an authentic life—of becoming more perfectly yourself . . .

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Fifth Sunday

Have you ever wished you would hear the voice of God? Have you ever wished you'd hear the voice of God? I know I have. I've had those moments . . .

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Day 29

Life is choices; we're constantly making choices. Scientists tell us that on average we make 35,000 choices or decisions every day . . .

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Day 30

Nothing will complicate your life like money and things. We have this strange way of relating with both. I know people who are incredibly wealthy and completely detached . . .

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Day 31

So as you think about your mission, I think there's a theme that I've noticed that I'd really encourage you to think about: great things happen when your talents and . . .

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Day 32

When's the last time you experienced really good service? It's interesting; it's a beautiful thing when somebody serves other people with pride, with dignity, and pays attention to the details of that service . . .

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Day 33

If we really want to become perfectly ourselves, one of the keys to that is focusing on what we're here to give. What has God created you for . . .

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Day 34

Over and over we've talked about how our God's a God of purpose. He does things on purpose, with purpose . . .

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday we get this really familiar passage, this long Gospel reading—the story of Jesus' passion, everything from the Last Supper . . .

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Day 35

When you wake up in the morning, what are your expectations of the day? You know, consciously? Subconsciously? If you think about it . . .

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Day 36

We've been talking about it throughout the whole journey: the best way to prepare for the future is to completely embrace the present . . .

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Day 37

I hate waking up to an alarm clock. So I renamed it. It's an opportunity clock. The alarm clock goes off every day; it's an opportunity . . .

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Holy Thursday

I wonder what the disciples were thinking that Thursday morning. You know, did they just think it was another Thursday? . . .

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Good Friday

Life. It's about laying your life down for something that's bigger than you. It's about laying your life down for something that will outlive you. It's about laying your life down for something that's more important . . .

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Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is a day of confusion. It's a day of disorientation. Imagine how disoriented the disciples felt . . .

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Easter Sunday

The empty tomb raised questions, immediately. It raised questions for the women. The disciples come; it raised questions for the disciples . . .

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