Hi people? How are we? Good? Because it’s that time of year again, and I need to say something.
What time, you ask. Lent period. You know, that time that comes about like an annual landlord and many of us start pretending to be holier-than-thou in the public eye and promising change, with that ash on our foreheads as we sing “kumbayah”. That time when we have longer skirts and softer answers, living on practically vegan diets. That time some pull out their dusty rosary necklaces and rings. We’ve all done it at one point or another. Setting goals like:
-I’ll stop drinking/ never drink again
-I won’t smoke anymore
(Hon, sometimes the above are addictions, you can’t stop in a sec)
-I’ll do or not do xyz
But for how long? Oh, as long as it’s Lent. So 40 days then. Let’s be shiny and pretty for the world for 40 days, and then we can remove that stifling belt of “properness” and return to our true selves, the ones we are comfortable with. The loud ones that “have fun” and “have a life”.
Well, this is 2017. I would like to challenge you (and myself for sure). It’s not just about partial witholding of stuff (or fasts that don’t actually mean anything). I would like you to look at an area of your life that matters a lot to you. A habit, a wish, whatever. I would like you to picture your ideal versus your reality, and make the decision to work towards your ideal, NO MATTER WHAT. I would like for you to take this very seriously. Get on those knees and thank God for your life so far, and the journey ahead. Make that commitment to God to better your life and move in the direction He needs you to take. Please do not recline on laziness and worldliness. Throw away the chains of status quo and past mistakes and passive realities, and do yourself a solid. Involve God in ALL your decisions-that’s the only way to go.
I want to tell you (and myself) that it will NOT be easy most of the time. But we are going to ask God for confidence and perseverance. We are going to alter stuff in our lives FOR OURSELVES, not just because everyone has Lent fever. Remember Romans 8:28 (KJV- And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose).
This Lent seaaon is going to change your life, but only with your permission. Please take a chance to be better than you’ve been. This is on a whole other deep, spiritual level.
And don’t throw away prayer. Speak oft with thy Lord. Ask Him to lead you not into temptation. He is gracious and faithful. Just you wait and see!
2017, let’s do this!