l e n t :: day38_have


I have quite a bit.  A lot.  Extravagente.   Let alone our paid-for cars, the home we live in on my Grandma’s farm, the softest furniture (Jeff’s only home décor stipulation – plus not too many flowers), and abundant food – we have more clothes than needed donned in a week, technology beyond usefulness to entertainment, and more blankets than we could use in a January power-outage.  And that’s only the material side of life!  I have a committed, loving husband (who has spent the last 24 hours doing all the kid care and food care as I lay on the couch coughing up a storm and aching with fever), two beautiful little ladies who like to laugh, cousins, friends, mentors, and acquaintances who encourage me in parenting, writing, speaking, teaching, and just plain old living.  My life, in any standards, is good.

So I’m drawn to Mark 10 when I think of all I have:

Mark 10:17-31 (NIV)

As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”

“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him.

“One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is[b] to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.  But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

So how does this story equate to life today?  Should I become the next Shane ClaiborneMother Theresa?  I think the answer to that for many of us could be yes, but, once again, it boils down to our daily decisions: where do I focus my extra?  Do I tithe?  On my gross or my net?  Do I support, in prayer and/or finances, those who are giving it all away to serve in the darkest corners of the world, be that India, south Chicago, or rural Nepal?  Do I allow myself all my splurge purchases, big and small, without stopping to realize what a privilege it is to even HAVE the option of a splurge purchase?  On what is my heart and mind focused?  Are my hands open, closed, too full?  If you have an open bed in your house, have you considered joining in to end the need for orphanages in the world by adopting or fostering?

I’m a big fan of the Raffi song:

All I Really Need 500px
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So, I obviously think a little mention of the Triune God would be good but the essence is there.  The essentials of life are there.  Joy in salvation, physical sustenance and safety, and familial love.  I wrote a few weeks ago on love and I do believe there is true love abundant in my immediately family.  Sure, we fight and disagree and carry wounds, but our heart is to love.  Nobody has to be perfect.  Nobody does everything right – remember that thing called grace?  But when we look at our essentials and view the haves as sharable, our lifestyle drastically changes, our community drastically changes, and your heart…my heart…drastically changes.

What do you have that you can share?




Published by Magdalene A.R. Mastin

Magdalene is a pursuer of all things beautiful, inviting others into a life with steady integration of all they say, think, act, eat, love, and enjoy--hopeful for a more centered, peaceful existence, both inside and out. Today, she offers spiritual direction, movement and yoga classes, and women’s retreats, incorporating contemplative Christian spiritual practices, contemporary and authentic movement, and the ancient way of yoga (with a fun side job of lifestyle and commercial photography). Past students and directees have joked that there are few others in the world as dedicated to boundaries, intentionality, rest, and weird voices as Maggie. Magdalene grew up on a small organic sustainable farm in central Indiana, raised in a family of avid readers, generous doers, truth seekers, and good food lovers. Those early experiences laid a great foundation for further mind-body-soul integrative training at Hope College (BA in English and Arts Ministry), Fall Creek Abbey (Certified Spiritual Director), and BodyWorks Studio (200hr YTT). If she’s doing exactly what she wants, you will probably find her on a porch, patio, or beach, drink in hand, dancing away or chatting about life and love and happiness with all her people, especially her partner Jeff and their three kiddos.

2 thoughts on “l e n t :: day38_have

  1. Your blogging this week has included powerful reflections! I love reading what’s on your heart and reading and pondering the questions that you ask. Please Keep sharing, my friend!

    Also, will you be doing a Lenten recap when you are done? I would love to know your biggest takeaways and learnings from this season for you. I am amazed by your faithfulness to this project! Way to go, sister!


    1. Hey there woman! Yes, I am hoping to do a recap of my favorite images and most powerful revelations. Coming next week! 🙂 Thanks for always reading and entering in – I’m so honored and humbled to see how God has been working through this practice!


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