Traditionally, we focus on serving others, prayer and cutting back on luxuries during Lent. It’s a time when we consider what it meant for Jesus to die on the cross for us.
There’s no way to adequately repay God, however, we can show what a difference it makes in our life by serving others.
Jesus was modelling Christian service when He washed the disciples’ feet: “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you... Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:14-17).
Lent is an appropriate time not just to cease from doing things but to start washing people’s feet - blessing others by serving them.
During the 40 days of Lent we could spend 40 minutes a day, (or other regular interval) showing God’s love to our community. Here are some suggestions:
• Write a card to, or visit, someone who is housebound or in hospital.
• Take a meal to someone or have coffee with someone who’s grieving.
• Babysit for a single mum or large family – to give them a break.
If we are unable to do this because of other commitments we could step up our prayer life.
Pray for your enemies - think of the person who has most hurt you and thank God for them, asking God to bless him or her. Do a prayer walk – praying for homes and business in your area.
There are many other ideas, just find ways to wash other people’s feet.