Saturday 4.16.11 Lenten Reflection by Nan Smith

Nan Smith has been part of The Church of the Resurrection from its very beginnings. She is an active leader in the church’s Women’s Ministry.

tI have been a “witness” to some great events over the past few years. I have seen Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Tim McGraw and, best of all, Dancing With the Stars Live at the Sprint Center! As a “witness,” I wanted to get the best possible seat, one that was close to the action.

Recently, we were looking for tickets to the Big 12 basketball tournament at the Sprint Center. We are big Baylor fans, and we wanted to see our Bears win a game or two! The seats that were reasonably priced were way up in the stands! The ones we wanted, up close to the court, were very expensive!! So the comfort of our own den began looking more and more appealing for watching our Bears.

As we look forward to celebrating Easter this year, I started thinking about being a “witness” to all that Christ has done in my life. God has given me a front-row seat to an incredible life filled with the love of an incredible family and wonderful friends. The cost of this “front row seat”? For Him, it was his life. For me it is FREE! My ticket to the best event ever—my life with Christ—has been bought and paid for in full!! I don’t have to do anything except accept this gracious gift. This “event” is so much better than anything you might see at the Sprint Center, however. Because this time, you don’t have to just watch. God is inviting you to participate!! Go ahead, get out of your seat—go from being a “witness” to a bold and courageous participant in God’s kingdom work! 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”   Jeremiah 29:11-12

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