Lent Devotion Guide #23 – Overcoming The Lies: I’m Not The Happy Type

WEDNESDAY MARCH 24, 2021

An Introduction
Hello Connect Church Family! As we prepare for the coming of Easter I will be sharing a sermon series titled, “Overcoming the Lies.” To accompany the sermon series and help us grow as individual Christians, we have also put together this devotional guide. I hope this will be a blessing to you! Every weekday, for the next several weeks, you are invited to join your church family and spend a few moments in this book. A number of people from our church community have contributed to make this booklet possible. On other days I have shared short thoughts on scriptures and left space for you to pray through what the scripture means for you. I hope you will join me and many others in your church family as we prepare for the coming of Easter!
-Pastor Adam Ricks

Read: John 13:34

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Do we all have bad days? Of course. Unlucky things that happen to us? You bet. Sometimes these life experiences are significant and have a major impact on how we see the world. Other times little things add up over time and influence our outlook on life. Often, we tend put ourselves in a box and label ourselves a certain “type”. The truth is, we are constantly evolving as followers of Christ. The Lord calls us to live our lives with a joyful spirit, and labeling ourselves “not the happy type” or any other “type” for that matter, can hinder our spiritual growth as Christians. As followers of Christ we are called to be the light of the world, and following this principle can profoundly impact every aspect of our lives. Spreading kindness and love to those around us can not only influence others, but can fill our own lives with the joy and happiness that God intended.
-Molly Largent (ConnectUMC Member)