Lent Day 6 – Find Favor

by gary-foote on February 23, 2015

Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart find favor before you, O LORD – Psalm 19:15a

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Upon first glance at the image with today’s reflection, you may be a bit surprised and shocked by what you see. If you were to take an honest look at the picture that represents your life, would you also be a bit surprised and shocked at what you would see?

You know that if you look in the mirror and don’t like what’s reflected, you can change that. How? Healthy eating and exercise. We know that there is truth in the statement: Junk in, junk out. Good in, good out.

This same principle applies to our spiritual lives. If you don’t like the words of your mouth and the thoughts of your heart, look at how you are spiritually feeding yourself and exercising. Junk in, junk out. Good in, good out.

The struggle between how we live vs how we want to live is not a new one. Some 2000 years ago, St. Paul wrote, “For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want” (Romans 7:19). The battle is real, but we have an arsenal at our disposal. This arsenal is grace. Grace is available to us in the sacraments, in our daily prayer, and in our relationships and service to others.

So how will you flex your spiritual muscle today? Take a moment to jot down 3 concrete things you can do to enhance your spiritual workout by embracing the grace available in the sacraments, prayer, service, and your relationships with others.

 

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