It is so demoralizing to be living in a world where the day is not long enough, the money is never enough and the partying till 6 in the morning is not enough; and suddenly it occurred to me… this is not what life is meant to be. My life had taken a trip down material world with one and only focus: myself. Everything was about fulfilling my selfish needs.
The American athlete Marion Jones was reckoned, by many sports people, to be the best female athlete the world had ever seen. That was until 8 October 2007 when the evidence against her became irrefutable and she publicly confessed that she had been taking performance enhancing drugs. Instantly, her ironic status as celebrity athlete turned to dust. She was stripped of medals, titles and prize money.
“Two men looked through prison bars, one saw mud, the other stars”. Each of us can see the same things quite differently. We all look at the world through our own “inner window”. That window can help us focus clearly or it can distort what we see.
“… I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you …”
Lent recurs each year to remind us that our life, at all levels, is one of continuous growth. We never arrive at completion. The season asks us to become more and more aware of the great giftedness and potential which is within each one of us, and also to become more aware of the obstacles that block us from achieving such potential.