Tuesday of Holy Week | Michael Flayhart

Psalms 71:1-14
Isaiah 49:1-7
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:25)

As I think of Lent specifically, I recall people saying, “So I’ve decided to give up sugar for Lent,” or, “I’m going to stay electronic free this week.” Now, both of those examples are great ideas and probably hold a greater margin for success than your New Year’s resolutions. However, I find myself wondering if there is something even deeper that each of us could do in preparation for Easter. If we choose to merely give up the distraction of electronics, we may still be missing even deeper matters of the heart.

So, what might it look like if you gave up a part of your LIFE this season? Not a part of your lifestyle or your routine, but a part of you, maybe even something that you feel defines you? It could be fear, anger, anxiety, boredom or negativity. They could be things you’re bound to without even realizing it. Consider what it could do to your life if you let go of not just your worldly possessions, but also those things that possess you and keep you bound to this world.

Perhaps we would see it as foolishness, because there are, in fact, things on this earth that seem quite worthy of our fear and attention. But, if we could give up the natural allure of fear in exchange for the recklessness of pure faith, we might just find that such “foolishness” of desperate dependence upon Christ overcomes the wisdom of earthly courage that’s gained by our own self-reliance.

MICHAEL FLAYHART
Sophomore, Entertainment and Performance

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