When I was a fundamentalist, I wrote off the season of Lent as something that didn’t apply to me and something that Catholics did to try to earn brownie points with God. However, over the last almost two years now of being out of fundamentalism, and seeing the world in a different light, I’ve come to realize the beauty of Lent and the great possibilities the season has an intense season of personal growth. Knowing that I was going to be observing Lent this year, I wanted to prepare my heart and so I made sure that I was reconciled with other believers and doing my best to live at peace with the world.
I have really been looking forward to Lent. One of the things on my bucket list for 2013 is to read my Bible and pray every single day. I’ve missed two days so far and made them up the very next day, so I’d say I’m well on the way to a habit of daily reading and praying, for me right before I go to bed works best, and my mind is focused on the Lord when I fall asleep. This works for me. I’m reading through the New Testament and the Psalms this year in The Message translation, which has really been working well for me and it’s done by reading just one chapter a day.
For Lent, I want to add to that and do some readings focusing on Jesus, spend extra time than I usually have to do so. I want to be amazed with Jesus during this 40 day journey. I am going to attempt to blog daily about my journey, as this is something I’m really stoked about. There are some things in my life that I have been working on that I know would bring glory to God if I got rid of, and so for that reason, I’m focusing on trying really hard to give up cussing for Lent. I’m going to pray and ask God to help me with this because I want my speech to transformed. The other thing I’m doing, which I had already done and then got caught back up in it, is to give up caffeine. Since I am unable to consume caffeine without taking it to an extreme, I am going to give it up…again. Sometimes our hang ups are like that, we let them go, and then when things get tough we start doing harmful things again, and that’s the situation that I find myself in.
So, in just a few days, my 40 day journey through Lent will begin, and I know I am being joined by Christians all over the world.