Last year for the first time I paid attention to Lent. This year, I have decided to experience the entire Lenten season beginning from today, Ash Wednesday, till Easter. Many times we are afraid of the unknown and the labels associated with those activities. But Lent is a period of time when people prepare themselves to celebrate Easter.
Now you may be wondering why is all this necessary. When you look at the activities that are observed during this time, you would realize that they cannot hurt you. Lent is a season of fasting and prayer. Fasting is associated with giving up something and there are many things that fall into that category, especially in these modern times.
So what do people give up? Well let us examine what giving up looks like. Some give up social media, watching TV and playing video games for Lent. For many, this seems like an impossible task. Then, there are those who give up food: meat, fish, eggs, sugar or milk. I can almost hear the comments: until Easter? Well, it’s not as bad as you think. You choose what you want to give up. It can be one item like ice cream or candy. But here is something that’s really cool: you don’t fast on Sundays. On Sundays you have the opportunity to eat whatever you like.
When I was a child all I knew about Lent was that people refrained from things but I didn’t know why. As an adult, I understand why it is beneficial to give up some things as we walk with God. When man needed a Savior, God gave His best; He gave His Son. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NLT.
When you consider the great price that was paid for your redemption, is giving up some of your creature comforts too much to give to a God who gave all? I am definitely going to do my best to be successful on this journey. I am looking forward to those intimate moments when the presence of God would invade my life as I spend some quality time in His presence and I eliminate some of the distractions from my life.
This is day one of my journey; Lent is a 40 day journey. I’m going to take it one day at a time. My goal is to be successful. If I make a wrong turn, I would self correct and continue on my journey. I’m into day one; I have thirty-nine more days to go. I will say like the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” What about you? There is room on this journey for you.
Thought for Today: Friend, I’m going to do this one day at a time.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.