A LENTEN REFLECTION from "Seven Days in Utopia"

One of my favorite movies of all time is “Seven Days in Utopia” (2011). It is not just a movie about golf but chockfull of life applications. One of them was the simple acronym – SFT! Here the grizzled old golf pro played by Robert Duvall was mentoring his young protégé played by Lucas Black and teaching him about Focus.

From the Word of God, we know Focus is the hallmark of a good disciple of Christ. Lack of focus is when we take our eyes off Him and look both inward at ourselves and/or circumstances. This is destructive as we can become full of ourselves; if we get caught up in the world around us and not the Word IN us.

SFT stands for See, Feel and Touch. What does this have to do with this period in the church calendar, which many observe as Lent? What does this have to do with a tradition where we deny ourselves in a meaningful way?

Jesus said we must deny ourselves by dying daily (i.e. picking up our Crosses and going after Him). We must deny ourselves the passing pleasures of sin for a season. We must deny ourselves even the busy work of thinking we’re serving God, when all He wants is our bodies, souls and spirits completely engaged in intentional Worship and seeking His Glorious Face!

Therefore, for Lent, I wish to decrease that He may increase (John 3:30).
For Lent, as I decrease, I will taste and SEE that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).
For Lent, I will not “FEEL” ashamed for living the surrendered life and following Him boldly (2 Thessalonians 3:14).
For Lent, I will “TRUST” in Him, deny myself and lean not on my own understanding (Proverbs 3: 5-6).

Actually, I will do this not just for Lent, but for always!