A Lenten Prayer– A Little Early

“A lenten prayer to avoid entitlement from Richard Rohr:

‘Maybe we all should begin our days with a litany of satisfaction, abundance, and enoughness. God, you have given me another day of totally gratuitous life: my health, my eyes, my ears, my mind, my taste, my family, my freedom, my education, clean water, more than enough food, a roof over my head, a warm bed and blanket, friends, sunshine, a beating heart, and your eternal love and guidance.

To any one of these we must say, “And this is more than enough!'”

Boy, if I started out my days like that, what a difference it would make. There’d be less anxiety and more rest, less worry and more trust, less complaining and more gratitude, less bitterness and more joy.

Whenever people ask me how I’m doing, the answer I’ve been giving lately is “Better than I deserve.”

I believe Dave Ramsey has been known to say that as well, but I’m not sure if he’s the one who originated it. Whoever did was spot on.

I am always doing better than I deserve. If I’m honest, I know who I am apart from Jesus and it’s not pretty. Still, I get hesed — when the one from whom I have the right to expect nothing gives me everything instead (thanks to Michael Card for that one).

If you need something to readjust your attitude or reboot your way of thinking, that’s a good prayer. You can borrow or steal it from me anytime. I stole it from the best.

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