Lent begins today, March 6th, and goes until Thursday, April 18th.
If you are unfamiliar with Lent, it is a Christian observance to ready us for Easter, the holiest of Christian holidays as it signifies the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lent is often considered only a Catholic holiday, but not so. I think it’s a wonderful observance for any one or family getting ready to celebrate Easter.
It is a time for prayer, reflection, fasting, service, and sacrifice – giving up something now for something better. That’s the irony of what we consider “giving up.” We are the ones who benefit.
My brother, Patrick, and I encourage one another to do this each year and I always enjoy the challenge, the process, and the end.
Take yourself to the challenge. If you don’t, the challenge will come to you. It always does. The challenge will WRECK the unprepared.
My Word Nerd friend Julia wrote:
This sacrifice is supposed to turn our dependence back to God and away from worldly things, or worse, our own sense of accomplishment. It should bring challenges that will make us better people. I’m also trying to fast from worry. Pretty hard for this mama.
Challenges that make us better people. Love that.
This year, my brother’s goal:
No caffeine + workout routine + gratitude journal + the book of Isaiah
This year, I’m going to:
Give up my “time” by studying The New Testament for 30 minutes/day + write down my impressions (as I’m sure they are there to guide me through life.)
Today I read Matthew 7-8 and Mark 2-3 using THIS as my guide. It made me feel good, more peaceful – a tale-tell sign that something is right.
I would also like to write something every day on this blog (like The Sandguppy does – so funny!) until April 18th but I’m afraid to commit! We shall see if I could do a little better on that front.
Trying is good!
Stretching is good.
Happy season of Lent.
Are you participating?