This is Ash Wednesday the beginning of the Lenten Season. It is a time of reflection on our lives, and reminding ourselves again of the majesty and magnitude of our God. In this world people are constantly seeking status, exalting themselves in pride, creating an image of greatness. We should strive to do our best in whatever we do, but the motive should not be for our own glory. Jesus said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” We are aware that we are sinful being, that we fall far short of God’s glory which is our standard for life. It is a standard that we can never meet apart from Jesus Christ. It is not a matter of trying harder, but of humbling ourselves before the One who is our righteousness. Only in Jesus can we stand before our Holy God. In that humility, God works in and through us. Paul wrote, “it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”(Philippians 2:13) Lent is not just a time for beating our breasts because we are sinful people, but humbly drawing near to God, our Redeemer, who works in us for His good purpose. And this is not just for a season, but all life long.