I am what one would call a denominational mutt. I grew up Baptist, Preach in a Methodist Charge, but I relate to the Mennonite way of life. When I grew up Baptist I never paid much attention to Ash Wednesday, but later in life I did.
It is the beginning of Lent and basically paved the road to Easter. It’s a time of preparation and getting your act together spiritually. However, most folks tend to “painfully” give up chocolate, TV, or social media. I tend to get annoyed at this.
I tend to focus on tweaking areas in my life I may have lost control of and slow down. This year I am going to focus more on eliminating the toxic from my life and focus on the blessings God has given me. I will also spend more time being present with family and friends. This is a time where i evaluate if I’m being real in all areas of my life. I’m not trying to come across as a hipster, but i never want to see myself just going through the motions. i want to make sure I’m literally practicing what i preach. Sometimes this can be painful, but when done right, very freeing.
I feel that these additions will help me as I strive to be a better follower of Jesus. I don’t see Lent as a Christian New Year’s Resolution, but a time of real reflection and change.
We will see if I have grown after the coming days…
“Lent is a time of going very deeply into ourselves… What is it that stands between us and God? Between us and our brothers and sisters? Between us and life, the life of the Spirit? Whatever it is, let us relentlessly tear it out, without a moment’s hesitation.” Catherine Doherty