LENT DAY 26
By Corinne Mannes
I was at Winner’s the other day and I saw a T-shirt that said “All I want to do is take naps, save animals and drink wine.” I chuckled and rolled my eyes a little bit and carried on.
But it got me thinking a little bit about how we are all born desiring something bigger than ourselves to live for, and that we are all searching for meaning and purpose. And then the words on that T-shirt that at first made me chuckle started to make me sad. I thought about all of the people who go through life with some version of this thought running through their heads: “There has got to be more to life than this.” It’s so easy to be critical of other people and the choices they make and the things they do in their search for meaning; it’s so easy to forget that we were once living in darkness before the love of Jesus found us. Remembering that darkness and the light that came with his love should motivate us to do whatever we can do to point others to Jesus.
St. Augustine said “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” You don’t have to look very far to see that this world is full of restless hearts, longing to find something secure to tether their lives to. The Bible says “He has set eternity in the hearts of man” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) which explains why nothing satisfies until we find Jesus.
I don’t know about you, but I am ashamed at how callous I can become about the souls around me who are floundering around in the dark searching for meaning. I am ashamed at how little time I spend thinking about them and praying for them and inviting them to church and telling them that the more that they’ve been looking for all this time is Jesus. And I think if we all thought about them more, it could change the way we live and how we relate to the people in our lives. I love the quote that says “Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” Think about the guy who sits beside you at school, your colleague in the lunch room, the cashier at the grocery store, your waiter, your roommate, your friend, your kids, your spouse. Everyone of them, like you, is fighting a great battle and your kindness might just be the thing that points them to the One who will finally bring rest to their restless hearts.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to remember that there was a time when I was living in the darkness searching for meaning. Thank you for finding me there and bringing the light of your love into my life. This Easter season, help me to focus outward on the people you being into my life. Let my gratitude to You inspire me daily to be kind. Let my kindness point them to You.