Lent has been very interesting so far, and I’m glad that I said I would try to post every day instead of saying I would post every day because last week, the everyday posting didn’t happen. Partly it was because I thought my Lenten posts had thus far been boring and uninspiring, but I have also started a new semester at school and I have been sick. I’m still keeping up with my reading for Lent, have finished several books already.
So far I’ve read:
“Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality” By Rob Bell
“Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate” by Justin Lee
“Jesus Wants to Save Christians: Learning to Read a Dangerous Book” by Rob Bell and Don Golden
“A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars” by Jonathan Merritt
I’ve just started:
“Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate” by Jerry Bridges
“Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture” by William D. Romanowski
“The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical” by Shane Claiborne
“A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story” by Donald Miller
I also want to read:
“Red Letter Revolution: What if Jesus Really Meant What He Said?” By Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo.
As to my goals, I was sick for three days and didn’t sleep at all in that time and I still managed to get by without consuming caffeine, which makes me really happy. I haven’t stopped cussing entirely, sometimes a word still slips out, but since I have been intentional in trying to stop, I’ve done it a whole lot less than usual.
I have learned a lot, a lot of things that I wouldn’t have learned if I hadn’t been intentional to set some goals and do some reading during Lent. My entire theme for Lent has been to be intentional, intentional about getting rid of bad habits, and intentional about developing new ones. Being intentional means that I have to put a lot of work and effort into what I am doing, but I am hoping that by being intentional with my reading and with my goals, that I will be closer to God on Resurrection Sunday.