One practice that would be helpful for most of us during Great Lent is to remove ourselves from the anger in the world. We’ve all seen it on Facebook, Twitter, in the media, etc. Instead of wanting politicians or some other person to change, let’s work on getting rid of the anger from our lives. I can’t change Washington, DC. I can’t change the other drivers out on the freeways. However, I can choose to keep peace within myself and not to add anger to the world. As long as my focus is on the other, I cannot repent. As long as my focus is on the other, I add to the sin of the world—I add to the anger and frustration.
“O Lord and Master of my life….” Lord, help me to see myself today. Help me to focus on me and not everyone else. Help me to see that I have to be the focus on my own spiritual life.
Taken from the daily Lenten e-mail sent out by Father David at Saint Elias Orthodox Church in Austin, Texas. Used with permission.
From Proverbs 29:22: “An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression.”
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