Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-26
It’s March, my birthday month. In this month, many years ago, I got my first bicycle. It was a deep purple, metallic-flake, stingray. So cool. I remember riding that bike down a sidewalk in my neighborhood that tree roots had pushed up into all kinds of angles. I’d pedal hard as I could and speed across those bumps and ramps, often getting both wheels off the ground. It felt like flying. When I got to the end of the block, panting, I’d cruise back down the street and start all over again.
What is it about childhood, that there were things that exhausted us, and yet made us feel so alive? Nowadays, things just exhaust me and leave me half-dead. Many people I know express similar feelings. We must be missing something. Lent is a time to consider the cost of life. Jesus gave His life so we could have life. Far too often, I settle for something that looks and feels more like half-life. I know Jesus didn’t die to give us half-life. The One who is the Life shares it freely with all who come to Him in faith. I wonder…what can we do this Lent to rediscover the joy of life—that invigorating, exhilarating sense of being fully alive? I’m guessing it has something to do with getting closer to Jesus. I wonder if He’d like to ride my purple stingray with me.