I’ve never been very good at Lent.
Intentions? Yeah. I’ve been real good with those.
One year, I made it about five days without Diet Coke (that liquid gold) touching my lips. Another year, I gave up sweets for the ENTIRE 40 days of Lent. Cue the applause.
So. Fewer Ghirardelli chocolate brownies probably changed my waist line. But did it really change my heart?
I think I missed the point. I think I missed Jesus.
Every year, we could miss the real point of Lent.
Every day, we could miss the real point of life.
Every moment, we could miss the opportunity for real heart change.
I don’t want to miss my real life. I don’t want to miss the love I was made for — the love bleeding on Good Friday, then rising on Easter morning.
A Journey of the Soul: The Love Idol Movement
I’m about to embark on a journey of the soul, and I want you to come along. When I stand in the sanctuary on Easter morning, I want to know that my whole heart has been yielded to Christ. (Because it isn’t, always.)
Calvin calls the heart an idol factory. The heart has this troubling habit of churning out Love Idols.
Funny, how we can take God’s greatest gift — love — and turn it into an idol. Funny how we can twist our desire for approval, validation and significance into a false god.
I’m calling in Quality Control on my idol-factory heart. I am inviting the Holy Spirit in to pull the idols off the conveyor belts of my heart. I am delivering an eviction notice.
Lent, that symbolic journey toward Easter, begins a week from today. But this year, I’m not giving up Facebook or Diet Coke or chocolate.
I’m not giving up a food indulgence. I’m giving up a heart indulgence.
I’m giving up my Love Idols for Lent, and I’m not taking them back. When I stand in the sanctuary on Easter morning, I want to look more like my rising Hope. I want my heartbeat to sound like this:
Jesus … Jesus … Jesus.
The Love Idol Movement
What if we came together for a heart-changing movement to evict the Love Idols in our lives, to make more room for Christ?
What if we did like Jesus did — spent time in the wilderness, willingly coming face to face with our enemy, in order to come closer to the heart of our Father?
What if we fell in love with God again?
I wrote a book called Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval – and Seeing Yourself through God’s Eyes. It comes out on April Fool’s Day, and the pages reveal the truth: I’ve been a fool.
I have sought approval through my good performances, my insatiable appetite to succeed, and my desire to be “known.” But no two stories are alike. Love idols lurk in so many different areas of life. God wants us to get free from the grip of those idols, but first we’ll need to identify them, giving up on some of the lies we’ve been telling ourselves about ourselves.
What lies does your heart tell you? Whose approval do you seek? What love idols lurk in your precious soul?
Would you be willing to name it? Or him? Or her? Or them?
This is us, together, letting go of what (or whom) is claiming real-estate in our hearts — real estate that actually belongs to God.
This is about freedom coming.
Love Idol Movement Facebook Page
Join us here, at our Love Idol Movement page on Facebook.
We are asking ourselves: Where do the idols of approval and love lurk in our lives? How can I practically and prayerfully give those idols up – for good and for GOD? It’s going to look different for each one of us.
When you find it, name it, ask God to evict it, and mark it with the truth about who you are. You have nothing to prove. You’re already approved. In Christ, you’re preapproved!
Maybe you’ve sought approval with your appearance. Stick the truth on your mirror, your bathroom scale, your closet door. (Find our printables below).
Maybe you grew up in a legalistic church where Scriptures were twisted to make you feel UNloved and UNapproved. Well then … most definitely put that printable in your Bible, so you remember what He says about you!
Put a preapproved printable on your refrigerator, your wallet, your office cubicle, your front door, your family photo collage … whatever “place” reminds you of the love idols that will soon be a part of your PAST, no longer a part of your FUTURE.
God’s got this.
Then, if you’re willing, tell us — and tell the world! — that you’re preapproved!
Tell us what God is telling you… Tell us how you’re preapproved TODAY! #loveidol #preapproved
Then, NEXT WEEK, come back. I’ll tell you what Love Idols I’ll be giving up this year. Will you share yours then, too?
Our family is praying for freedom. We’re praying that we won’t take those idols back. Let’s get free.[ Real Heart Change Ahead …. }
We are the Lee Family. And we are preapproved.
(NOTE: I appreciate and value the denominational diversity of my blog readers. I understand that many of you don’t participate in Lent. I want to be clear: Lent is not a requirement for Jesus followers. We invite anyone to participate into the Love Idol movement. This is a year-round movement, not tied to the liturgical calendar.)
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