One week in… are you feeling? 

Have I taken on too much?  Feeling down and overwhelmed, burdended and heavy?  Am I beating myself up because I’ve already broken lenten promises?  Well, lighten up!

Just as the lenten season corresponds with longer, lighter days, perhaps we should take a day or two for some old fashioned fun and joy.  After all, Jesus did all he did because he loves us…now, isn’t that something to celebrate about?

About a week ago we brought in a fabulous speaker for our 8th graders.  This man kept their attention (and that’s putting it mildly, he had them – and not in a manipulative way) for four hours straight.  At one point during the evening, as a little break, he had them stand and play Simon Says.  Can you imagine a gym filled with 70 + teens playing goofy Simon Says?  One would think that they are way too cool for that….and yet…there they were, all playing, all laughing, all having a great time.

When was the last time that you did something goofy?  Think about it, we are all so mature, guarding our precious time so carefully.  We are serious and grown-up.  We have our tasks, our responsibilities, our duties, our work….and yet, ‘unless you become like little children..’

This lent, celebrate Jesus.  He did it all for you because he loves you with a love that is unconditional and eternal.  He wants you to be a joy-filled disciple.  No room for sour-faced saints (thanks St. Teresa). 

Simon Says ——-Lighten Up!!!