This is just the beginning of Lent, and I am at the end of my rope in some personal situations right now, and although I am pursuing unity and peace and reconciliation, things are still tough. So for me Lent is an opportunity to change my focus from me and turn it onto Jesus. I totally get all the people that are going to tell me that I should be focusing on Jesus all the time, that is true, however, I still like the idea of being more intentional for 40 days. I think that really being intentional about my relationship with God and my own spiritual growth is my theme for the season.
Rachel Held Evans has written her 4th annual 40 Ideas for Lent (2013) and some of the suggestions are very helpful, but it is the first three questions that I am focusing on: “1. When I wake up on Resurrection Sunday, how will I be different? 2. Is there a habit or sin in my life that repeatedly gets in the way of loving God with my whole heart or loving my neighbor as myself? How do I address this habit over the next 40 days? 3. Is there anyone in my life from whom I need to ask forgiveness, or pursue reconciliation?” These were my thoughts going into Lent and so I based my decisions for the season on questions such as these.
Today it seemed that everyone at work was talking about and consuming coffee, but because I have decided not to consume caffeine for the entire 40 days (and hopefully beyond). Also it seemed like everyone was cussing, and I’m really happy to say that I don’t recall using any cuss words today. If I can do that for an entire day, I can do it again tomorrow!
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” Matthew 5:3 ~ The Message.