This month is known for the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and this thing known as Lent. Ahhhh, yes…..Lent.
Lent = the most underutilized event in the liturgical calendar. I can speak from experience….I’m Protestant myself.
We have totally failed at experiencing Lent because it is much easier to focus on Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday is full of hope, joy, and ham. Lent is filled with sacrifice, darkness, and repentance. Which would you prefer, honestly?
Lent is a period of 40 days (usually) that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. 40 days is a long time! Whether you celebrate Lent or not usually has to do with how your church approaches Lent/Easter. I heard about Lent during my high school and college days; however, I did not really participate in Lent. I believe one year in college I gave up soda but that was more a financial goal because I was a poor college kid.
I invite you to join me this Lenten season in experiencing more by giving up…………….
Sacrifice---This mindset is usually associated with giving up chocolate, diet soda, or fake sugar. But let’s go a little deeper here. What would it look like for you to give up something that a major hindrance to your soul? Could you give up gossiping for Lent about your annoying co-worker? Maybe you need to not use insults towards people you love? Or perhaps…...you could give up your attitude problem that you have towards (______________fill in the blank__________)?
Confess---Spend some time with Jesus. After all, Lent is about him! Talk to God about your sins, your issues, your problems, and your agendas. Why do you do what you do? Are you building up your kingdom or God’s Kingdom?
Read---This is always assumed during an important part of the Christian calendar but we must be intentional. Get into the Bible and read what Jesus did during his last hours. He did this for you!
In the Pauline Epistles, Paul is quoted as saying “I must decrease, so Christ can increase”. This is my prayer for you and me during the Lenten season. That we would love like Jesus loves because the world needs it, the Church needs it, our families needs it….and Heaven knows we need it.