I’m less than 48 hours in, and already, I want to peek in the mirror.
Especially after attempting to flat-iron my hair last night, before our Ash Wednesday service at church.
And then again, I wanted to peek in the mirror, when Anna and I started laughing so hard that tears rolled our cheeks. I’d apparently overestimated the size of my lips while applying lip liner, and must have looked a little like I’d gotten collagen injections. And the tears, of course, caused my mascara to run. Which left black smudges, which made us laugh more.
Which makes me think I should have given up mirrors AND makeup for Lent.
Yeah. I confess, I want to peek. Right under here.
No one would know. Just me and God.
And maybe that’s the point.
All of this — this thing called Lent — is about me and God. About you and God. About our personal journeys toward a cross, and an empty tomb … and about living like we believe He’s real.
We’ve been busy, you and I. We’ve been uprooting idols and covering mirrors and rethinking our blog stat reports and our “need” to be productive. And 1,000 of you have joined me here, in a movement to give up your own Love Idols. We’re a community of Christ followers who’ve decided that we want to evict our love idols, clearing out space in hearts that belongs to Christ.
But what now? What do we do now?
Calvin says our hearts are idol factories. What do we do when our two-faced hearts double-cross us and start churning out more idols? What about when our hearts make us want to take it all back? What do we do when the object of our greatest temptations — those places where we think we’ll get the love and approval we need — look us straight in the eye and beg us to take them back?
What about when we want to peek in the mirror? To quit? To give in?
When your default response is to return to the sin that made you lovesick, plant Christ in your heart again. Fall in love again.
Eyes. on. Jesus.
Not self, but Savior.
Not mirror, but Messiah.
With eyes on Jesus, we’re “dispossessing the heart of an old affection.” That’s how the old preacher Thomas Chalmers said it. When you EVICT in idol, you’ve got to put something else in that empty space. Or it grows back.
“The only way to dispossess [the heart] of an old affection, is by the expulsive power of a new one.”
Think of your heart as a garden. Think of your love idols as weeds. Pluck the weeds, and plant flowers.
Pluck idols. Plant Christ.
That’s why, instead of looking at blank paper or bedsheets covering my mirror, I look at these words.
These are words with “expulsive power.” These are words that remind me of Christ and His love toward His #preapproved daughters. Toward me.
You’ve uprooted your idol. Now what? Plant Christ.
Here are some great places to start:
1 – Why You May Really [Really] Need Lent this Year [and a Free Family Lent & Easter Devotional] by Ann Voskamp. She’s also cooking something up, under the hashtag #40LessMeMoreHim. So stay tuned for that Voskampian goodness!
Margaret Feinberg’s challenge to read the entire New Testament during Lent 2014. “Our hope and prayer is that at the end of the next 40 days, you’ll be so spiritually full, you’ll never want to live on empty again,” Margaret says.
This free e-booklet, being offered by Michelle DeRusha. Sign up here.
The e-booklet includes:
- A short Bible reading and an accompanying devotional for each day of the six weeks of Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding on Easter Sunday.
- A prayer or action item for the day to help you live out God’s word in your everyday.
- Seven family-centered devotions/activities – one for each week of Lent.
- Seven weeks of small group discussion questions.
- Original photography by Nebraska photographer Curt Brinkmann.
is offering a free email series called “Together Through Lent.” Click here, then scroll down,
to find details.
Karen Ehman’s “Reverse Lent Challenge.”
Our community here…
The Love Idol Movement on Facebook is a place of mutual encouragement and support as we uproot idols, plant Christ. Uproot idols, plant Christ. Repeat cycle. Eyes. on. Jesus.
We’re in this together:
Click here to print the preapproved cutouts. Place these where ever your Love Idols have lurked!
A Preapproved printable: to frame, to put on your refrigerator, to give to a friend. Click here to print. My gift to you, brave soul!
Join us on the Love Idol Movement Facebook Page, and share your stories.
YOUR TURN: Share your ideas for planting and replanting Christ in our hearts this season as we move toward the cross.