In this episode, Rev. Gibson discusses a two-fold movement from the life of Jesus from the Gospel of Mark that will characterize our whole experience of Lent. First, at Jesus’ baptism, God expressed pleasure at who Jesus is -“You are my Son, the Beloved; with you, I am well pleased.” Then, “immediately,” Jesus was driven into the wilderness to undergo testing by Satan for forty days, a ritual of prophetic self-knowledge.
Our Lenten forty days begins the exact same way: we are God’s well-loved children, in whom God takes great pleasure. Then we are called to take the time to look inward and ask the tough questions of self-awareness in order to become who God calls us to be. What is our “wilderness”? A place that is free of distractions and gives you space to ask “who am I?”
Plus, Rev. Gibson and Johnny explore the concept of being tested instead of “tempted” by those dark voices of denial and fear that find us when we quiet ourselves while searching for meaning and purpose. This “testing” can be a positive act to help us to fully get to know ourselves. We may stumble along the way on our Lenten journey but learning along the way, instead of feeling defeated, keeps us moving forward instead of giving up. Lastly, Rev. Gibson shares the ideas of Dr. Jordan Peterson from his book 12 Rules For Life, An Antidote To Chaos. In his book, Dr. Peterson suggests that we need to consider his rule #4: “compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today.” As long as we stay focused on our own plans and personal work, strengthening our relationship with God and each other, and walking the world with purpose our Lenten journey will be well worth the effort.
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Dr. Jordan Peterson