Lent is fast approaching. Typically folks might think about what to ‘give up’ for the season of penitence that is the 40 days (minus the Sundays) before Easter. My mother gave up chocolate, which her children did not appreciate. I could never quite understand why she was doing that, since we were in a church that didn’t observe Lent at all.
Instead of giving up chocolate or facebook or whatever, I encourage you to think about what you could take on for Lent. I can hear some of you groaning, “oh no, not more to do!” What if you took on taking even a short walk with your family three or four times a week? You might think about spending 15 minutes a day in contemplative prayer; or perhaps 10 minutes writing out your thoughts to God. How about taking on 5 minutes of prayer for your church?
Of course, the possibilities are many – the question to guide us is this: what will help us grow in love, and deepen our service in Christ?
Other suggestions include:
- spending time in nature each week, allowing the beauty to speak to your soul
- read a passage of scripture each day and take some time to think about it
- pray for reconciliation with someone who has hurt you
- spend time talking with a long-time friend
- do acts of kindness for others, including strangers
- attend special services during Lent
Whatever is right for you, do it prayerfully. The idea is to challenge ourselves to grow spiritually during this time leading up to the great celebration of Easter.