Lent Day 23

Day 23 Thursday March 12 – [F] No TV or screens today (except for homework)

RO: What does it mean to live forever? To have no time constraint at all. Time would really be on our side. We are invited by God into eternity. // Eternal life with God is life of the very best kind. That’s what we’re invited into, but it is not necessarily what we’re all going to get. We are invited but we have to respond. // We are either going to have an eternity of life with God  – or life without God, apart with him, and that would be life of the very worst kind.

Jeremiah 7: 23-28

Thus says the LORD:  This is what I commanded my people: Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.

Luke 11: 14-23

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters

This was harder than it should have been today. It took a lot of talking myself out of giving up to stay away from a screen today after work. It forced me to do something else – and just sit and relax quietly. During my “relaxing” every few minutes I felt like I wanted to give up. It must have been the athlete in me that helped me always say no, plus some prayers praying to not be weak over such a stupid thing to be weak over.

What good is a challenge if all you do is give up when it’s challenging?

And so instead I sat and updated my journal – which I haven’t done for 1.5 months. I could remember about two weeks and random things here and there. It was definitely worth denying myself the screen because I will now always have those two weeks “remembered” where I otherwise would sure enough have soon forgotten, similar to how I am sure everything I would have otherwise seen on a screen would be forgotten by tomorrow.

Though should I take solace in the fact that this was after 1.5 hours of working on my Easter wood project? So I was both productive and not in front of a screen. Or should I be disheartened that I only had a wee bit of night left to make it thru and struggled every moment?

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