Daily Dose, March 7

 

Have you ever known someone who seems to live for show? You know what I mean, the ones who are very focused on how things are perceived and on how things look to the outside world. They aren’t half as concerned about how things are in reality, but how they appear. It makes me sad when I see someone fall into that trap. It is an impossible trap. You end up tied up in knots with no way to find true inner contentment. During the season of Lent, we embark on an interior journey. It is a journey that travels down to your deepest core of what you believe and how you live. It is the exact opposite of focusing on how things appear and rather focuses on how things really are deep within. It is a profound change in focus. What truly lies within. Is there love, is there compassion, empathy, kindness, forgiveness? Or is there anger, bitterness, judgement, criticism and unforgiveness. What truly lies within? We can become consumed with how things appear. It is much more important to know how they really are. “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.  “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  (Matthew 6:1-4) --Rev. Terri Henkel