So, today marks the beginning of Lent. Maybe you’ve heard that word many times, but never really knew what it meant. Basically, Lent is the 40 day period (not counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday. While it hasn’t always been this way, it is now recognized as a time for followers of Christ worldwide to deny themselves in various ways in order to pursue Jesus with more focus and intentionality. The Lent season culminates with the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection (Easter).
Rather than write a long post on some of my thoughts regarding lent, I would prefer to direct you to a great article written by Eugene Cho last year. Eugene is a passionate, entrepreneurial pastor in Seattle and he cuts right to the point regarding Lent. So… Go read the post. Now. Then, come back. Please.
After reading that, I am curious: What are you “giving up” for Lent? Anything? Nothing?
I have actually been thinking and praying about this season for the past few weeks and have decided to give one meal time per day (Mon-Fri) to other people. Each day I will either be connecting with someone over a meal or spending the meal praying for others. God is taking PAX on a journey that will thrust us into people’s lives. I want to use this time to allow the Holy Spirit to soften my heart to the needs of others.
… I may give up regular soda as well… but that might be asking too much