“Working backward from the deadline” is a phrase we use when establishing a production schedule or timeline to finish a project. When followed, it establishes an appropriate amount of time to achieve each step of accomplishing a goal.
If Easter is the completion, the celebration, then Lent is the working schedule. If we start “working backward from our deadline,” or in this case, working backward from the end, we ask: What do we need to focus on so that we might celebrate at Easter? What do we need to accomplish on this earth before we are called home? Do we need to increase the sharing of our gifts of time and money to help others? Do we need to financially support the organizations we believe in? Do we need to give more freely of kind words or patience?
How are you praising God by your actions? How are you working backward every day from the celebration of your life?
This message is excerpted from “What do we need to accomplish” by Elizabeth McBride from the February 27, 2020, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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