Lent Day 35 – Recognize

by gary-foote on March 24, 2015

When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM – John 8:28


I hate missing out on things. Whether it’s a sale, trip, class, performance, or concert, I want to be a part of it. My ears perk up when I hear “limited time/supplies.” I’m an opportunist in the sense of not wanting to regret letting an opportunity pass me by. I get very frustrated when I find myself in the “should have” club rather than the “I did” club.

I love God above all else. I live for Him. I unfortunately do not live my daily life perfectly (yet), but when I sin, I rush to confession to reconcile with God and the Church. Even though I profess to love God above all else, my zeal for not missing out on life doesn’t always carry over into my faith.

Each and every day, God offers countless opportunities to embrace more of Him. Some days, it’s through humbling myself to receive His mercy. Other times, it’s participating as an instrument of His to extend mercy to someone else. The problem I encounter though is: Am I embracing God in this exact moment?

Some 2000 years ago, men and women were able to encounter God in the most amazing way possible, the person of Jesus Christ. Like me, they longed for a fuller life. God was more present to them than He had been at any point of history. Yet, they allowed themselves to become members of the “should have” club instead of the “I did” club.

God presented Himself and was not recognized fully for who He is. He knew that there would be regret: When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM.

As God daily presents Himself to me through His Word (the Bible), in the Sacraments, and the Communion of Saints, I must ask myself, “Have I recognized you?”

Today marks our 35th day together on this spiritual journey. We are nearing the end of our time together. Have you recognized and embraced God more during our time together? Will you end in the “I did” club or the “should have” club?

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