Ash Wednesday

Jimmy Cochran


As we begin to prepare our hearts for the resurrection of Jesus, I find the easiest spot to begin is at the beginning. And that beginning is Love. “God loved us and sent His Son.” (1 John 4:10). God. Loved. Us. More. Than. Imaginable. To draw closer to God, we have to put ourselves aside and let this Love fill our bodies, souls, mind … every fiber of our being. In my experience, this is much easier said than done. There is a whole lot of Jimmy to get (and keep) out of the way before God can take complete occupancy. And, this same Jimmy, can be pretty selfish about “his space.”

As I look at the love-gift of God in Jesus, I know I do not deserve it. Never have, never can, never will; yet, God still gave it to me. That’s the beauty of grace which will be one of my focus points during Lent. On my webpage and my Facebook page, I will be writing daily about my journey through Lent. If you want to follow my daily thoughts, just visit or request to be my Facebook friend. For now, on day one, I encourage you to just focus on this one truth. God loves you. Don’t worry about your warts, poor grades, lack of a job, stupid mistakes you make ... that’s all overshadowed by those three words. God. Loves. You.

Also, don’t let the term Ash Wednesday scare you away. For those of us who may choose to attend a service where ashes are applied to the forehead, it is simply a sign of humility before God. Ash Wednesday is a day of reflection on what needs to change in our lives if we are to be fully Christian. It begins my journey to be a more effective Christian … a more effective man of God.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes on Him will not die for eternity, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Don’t forget to remind yourself today. God Loves You.
And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.

Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of “Being God’s” and “Staying God’s,” both available at