We read in the Old Testament in Isaiah, Chapter 55, Verses 8 and 9 this week, “My thoughts are not like yours, says the Lord, and My ways are different from yours. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are My ways and thoughts above yours.”
Think about that. As hard as we try, we cannot be as good or as smart or as loving or as forgiving as God, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t try our best.
This Monday is a special day that only comes around every four years. It’s Leap Year.
On Leap Year, we add one extra day to our calendar (Feb. 29) to “catch up” on our time. This year I’m asking all of you to try the Lenten Leap Year Challenge. This coming Monday, you try your hardest to do like Jesus did — to watch for people who need loving kindness and to show them that love.
Remember Jesus was always looking for people who needed help and kindness. Sometimes it was someone who was sick or grieving or afraid or lonely or hungry. Whatever they were feeling, He treated them with love and respect and helped them however He could.
That is your assignment “if you choose to accept it.” Try your hardest to be like Jesus; do, say, think, and act like Him as much as you can all day. It may be harder that you think, but I know you can do it! Then see what sort of day you have. I bet it’s a good one, not only for you, but for those you meet!
Let’s say a short prayer. Dear Jesus, help us to see people who need You just not on Leap Year Monday, but every day of the year. Help us to be more and more like You, so we show Your love as often as can be. Help us to practice this on Monday and all the days to come too. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.
Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!
Ann Moody is coordinator of Christian education for First Presbyterian Church of Gallipolis.