We have arrived at Lent once more. Some of us will challenge ourselves to give up things and others will focus on something new.
However we observe it, Lent is a time to re-centre ourselves on God and remember why we were placed on this earth. Last year we studied the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and one chapter looked at the question, ‘what drives your life?’ I’m sure there will be many answers to that question.
I read this true story which asks a similar question—sorry it’s American!
Bud Wilkinson coached one of the strongest American football teams during the late 50s and early 60s. Consistently his undefeated University of Oklahoma teams steam-rolled the opposition. After his retirement Coach Wilkinson was asked the secret of his success. How could he consistently mould young athletes into powerful teams, year after year?
This was Bud’s answer:
“When a football player goes into a game, he can play for the crowd in the stands, working hard for their cheers and avoiding their boos. Or he might play for a special person—his parents or a girlfriend, maybe. Some play just for themselves—for fame and glory.
“My men know that there’s only one person watching the game that matters, only one person they have to please…me.
“Regardless of the cheers or boos, the strength of the opposition, or the play of their teammates, I am the only audience that counts. When everyone knows that, they pull together, do their best, give it their all, and win.”
As Christians we are often distracted by any number of audiences, people we want to please or impress. But only one person in the stands really counts—God. We need to live our lives for him and him alone. (Philippians 3: 13–14; Hebrews 12: 2).
What drives your life? Lent offers us 40 days to set aside time for God, take stock of our lives and, if need be, spiritually reboot them under the guidance of God’s Spirit.
This year in our Lent groups we will be reflecting on John 13, the Last Supper with Jesus and his disciples. We will deliberately slow ourselves down and take time to enter into this scene and reconnect with Jesus. Why not join a group and find encouragement and support as we take this journey together?