I know it's Lent and our spiritual focus should be directed to praying, fasting, and alms giving. These three disciplines are what Jesus commended to us in The Sermon On The Mount. You can read all about it in Matthew 6:1ff. As I was eating lunch at Pizza King Monday I noticed what I had always noticed but this time I noticed with my "pastor's memo brain." Pizza King cuts its round pizza in squares. Let that sink in for a minute. Round pizza cut in squares. I've been eating Pizza King pizza since the 1960's. It suddenly occurred to me Pizza Hut cuts its round pizza in wedges. I've known that from the 1960's, too. And guess what? I have never once asked either pizza place to cut my pizza differently. I take it as it comes. I do decide what toppings will comprise my meal. But, as to its shape, I don't care. The shape of the pizza doesn't change the taste. Back to Lent. The "shapes" of your Lenten disciplines are immaterial to their efficacy. Disciplines work because you perform them; whether they're squares or wedges. And, if in performing them they aren't noticed, well, "having done them in secret, your Father who sees in secret, will reward you." I think I'll have an irregularly shaped tenderloin for lunch today.
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