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The Lenten Season

We don’t know what we don’t know.  With more than a decade’s worth of research, David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, has demonstrated that humans find it “intrinsically difficult to get a sense of what we don’t know.”  Whether an individual lacks competence in logical reasoning, emotional intelligence, or the capacity to make people laugh, the person still tends to rate his or her skills in that area as above average.

Dr. Dunning’s research points us to the realization that we have strengths and weaknesses.  One of the keys in life is to discern what these strengths and weaknesses are.  We need to objectively take a look at who we are and how we can contribute to a larger whole (this is a constant process for me).

I know I am always impressed with individuals who have a good self-awareness of their unique blessings as well as their shortcomings.  These people seem to know who they are and who they are not.  This isn’t easy, but it’s important we get a sense of our abilities and limitations.

When it comes to the Christian life, we all have much to learn.  As children of God, we are on a constant journey.  We never arrive.  This is why the Lenten season is so important.  This is a time to realize how much we need to strengthen our relationship with Christ Jesus and gain further clarity on the specific areas in which we can shine for the Lord.

We are in the early stages of the Lenten season.  As always, I encourage you to take on a new spiritual discipline like meditation, study, prayer, or fasting.  At the same time, I challenge you to move away from practices and habits that tear you away from God and Christ Jesus.

At Lovely Lane, we have opportunities to strengthen your walk with the Lord and gain a deeper understanding about your place in this world.  We have copies of the devotional, “Renewed by Living Water,” available in the narthex.  The Iowa Annual Conference is also sharing daily devotions written by local pastors and laity.  You can sign-up by going to the website, iaumc.org.

Additionally, area United Methodist Churches are hosting Lenten Lunches and Programs on Wednesdays at noon.  Our church hosts the first lunch, March 4.  The lunches are a time to connect with others and ponder the depth of your spiritual life.

Finally, please join us for Worship Services this season.  The Lenten preaching series will focus on the “Last Words” of Jesus from the cross.

May God richly bless you!  Scott