Can lent make you late for Church?

Saturday nights I sleep with one eye open worrying that my alarm won’t go off and that will be late for a Sunday service. Every minister’s nightmare! You see my phone has been having problems taking a charge. I would have to wiggle the charger wire and slowly lay my phone down hoping it wouldn’t lose the connection. There has been a time or two where the charger lost its connection only to die and leave me in a panic come the A.M.

One day I looked inside my phone where the charger connection is placed and I notice something in there. Blowing in it didn’t even budge the new discovery, so I took an end of a paperclip and started picking at it only to find a wad of blue jean lint crammed in there.

Two things I learned……
1. Lint can find itself in places other than bellybuttons.
2. A wad of it can keep your phone from charging if it is stuffed inside your cell phone.

Like that lint that kept my phone from recharging, there are things that keep us from recharging spiritually. It could be an unconfessed sin, or it could be something subtle like busyness. Whether it is something as blatant as unforgiveness, or a good thing that is hindering the best thing, we have to identify what is making us lose our connection with the Holy Spirit, and deal with what is hindering our refreshing peace and joy.

Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Justin Shipley
Young Adult/ Worship Pastor, FBC Ruston


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