Leaning Into Lent
Chocolate, Diet Coke, Social Media, time on my phone, complaining, or snacking. I wondered what I should give up. On the way home from school Tuesday, it dawned on me that Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent was soon approaching. Throughout the years I have given up several different things, although I realized that in the last couple of years, I have not taken the time to meditate and dwell on why I want to sacrifice something for 40 days.
As is the reason so many people do things, the connection is craved.
Determined to Find Connection
As Tuesday evening drew to a close, I was determined to do something for Lent. I searched Pinterest in hopes of finding a creative idea online. I stumbled across a website that talked about fasting, sacrificing and giving each day. I was intrigued. I thought to myself, “I could commit to sacrifice and giving during each day of Lent.” I like the idea of not allowing myself to complain. It will be difficult to commit to a complaint-free 40 days.
Focus on Giving
But, with an intentional focus, I will be better than before. Generosity also feels important. Since the message of Easter is about giving (He gave his life so we could have ours). Giving up the ability to complain is a gift I can give other people. When I think about all of the times Christ could have complained so many different times throughout his life on earth. I am in awe of his sacrifice for so many reasons.
I crave a connection to someone who did what seems impossible.
And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and, He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him (Mark 1:13).
I crave connection to Christ, what he stands for, and everyone else who leans into his or her faith during this time of the year.
Tap Into Your Strength and Unique Style
Everyone has different tendencies, styles, and strengths. God has given us opportunities to lean into ways that will connect us to Him. It’s not really about what we choose to give up, what we fast from or take on. The method used should be something that inspires you and works for you to stay focused on why you are participating in Lent.
It is about your desire, and the connection you crave during the season of Lent.