In Britain it’s just been Pancake Day. I grew up not knowing about it’s religious significance. It’s when we use up all the tasty sweet things on pancakes so that we may give them up as we for Lent as we prepare for Easter.
This morning I read a great article by a church leader on all the benefits of delaying gratification. It was all true but didn’t relate the practice in any way to the cross of Christ who the leader usually preaches very effectively.
This year at Hillside Church we are meditating on the book If by Amy Carmichael. As I reflected on it this morning it struck me that ‘Calvary love’ is the lens through which any worthwhile practice becomes meaningful and possible. Whether it be the value of delayed gratification, forgiving others or viewing people with the hope that Jesus views us. It was for this ‘joy’ that Jesus endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2).
Whether you are giving anything up or not, take time to look at Hillside’s tweets or blog posts on the implications of Calvary love and how it impacted the amazing Amy Carmichael.
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