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I Dare You

With snow and ice in view, I can’t help but think of one painfully hilarious moment in the Christmas classic “A Christmas Story” when Ralphie’s friend Swartz dares his friend Flick to touch his tongue to a frozen pole.  

Flick: Are you kidding? Stick my tongue to that stupid pole? That’s dumb!
Schwartz: That’s ‘cause you know it’ll stick!
Flick: You’re full of it!
Schwartz: Oh yeah?
Flick: Yeah! Schwartz: Well I double-DOG-dare ya!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] NOW it was serious. A double-dog-dare. What else was left but a triple-dare-you, and finally, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare.
Schwartz: I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Schwartz created a slight breach of etiquette by skipping the triple-dare-you and going right for the throat! 

How many foolish things have we done in response to these three little words? I – Dare – You. What follows them is almost always a risk.  

Attempt that trick, taste that food, engage in that mischief, call that girl…try your hand at something that may result in danger, amusement, growth, suffering, simple success or an unexpected fortune. 

The outcome of the risk could be silly or seismic, but whatever the outcome might be, there’s something about those three little words that tempt most of us, for better or for worse, to give something a try. 

I’m hoping that is something that may hold true for many of us during this Lenten season.  

We often think of Lent as a season of repentance, penitence, and preparation. It is. The practice of giving something up for Lent is one of the ways we prepare ourselves for the possibility of Easter transformation. But it’s not the only way. In fact, I believe the practice of giving things up can be greatly bolstered by the practice of taking things up. 

This Lent I want to lay before you several practices that just might change your life. Of course, you won’t hear about all of them in time to make them your 40-day Lenten commitment. Perhaps you’ll consider looking ahead and choosing to test one of these habits as part of your Lenten journey. Or perhaps as you hear about them, you’ll consider looking beyond Lent and using one of these habits to nurture an Easter way of life. Either way, I’m laying down the gauntlet. These practices won’t be easy. Most them will grate against your very way of life. Because they represent a different way of life. A difficult way of life–that just might lead to a dynamically abundant way of life.  

At least that’s my hope. So go ahead, take a look at the list of topics, consider the possibilities, and for Christ’s sake, choose to take up a least one of them this year.  Come on. I triple-dog-dare- you.  

Senior Pastor 

March 5   |  Be Intentional
March 9   |  Create Space
March 16 |  Cultivate Awareness
March 23 |  Be Neighborly 
March 30 |  Let It Go   
April 6      |  Nurture Gratitude (Disciple Now Weekend)   

Palm Sunday          | April 13 |   Practice Submission
Maundy Thursday  | April 17 |   Communion & Drama
Good Friday           | April 18 |   Live Honestly
Easter                     | April 20 |   Seek Christ

Posted by Kelsey Adams at 11:37 AM
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