I love Lent. I always have. On Twitter earlier this week, I said regarding Lent, “You can take the girl out of the Methodist church, but you can’t take the UMC traditions out of the girl.”
Cause growing up at FUMC Marietta, Lent was something everyone did, even when I was in middle school. The tradition of giving up something for the 40 days of Lent has just stuck with me through the years. I’m a bit of a Presbyterian now apparently [based on my church choice], and I don’t even know how they feel about Lent. But I’m in it to win it. [There’s no prize. That’s just a saying.]
By nature, I’m what you might call “lacking in self-control” and maybe “lazy”. So having 40 days of dedicated sacrifice [and knowing there is an end in sight] has always been really motivating to me and it encourages me that maybe someday I will actually be full of discipline.
This year, I have a small collection of Lent give-ups, but the biggest one isn’t a give-up. It’s a must-do.
I was talking with some friends the other night about the fact that I am struggling seriously with insecurities and lies in my head. And it’s no one’s fault but my own. Because I’m not going to God each day and spending time with Him, my well of Truth has run dry and I’m getting beat up in my mind. My reservoirs of Truth are empty. Time to head back to the well. EVERY DAY.
So for Lent 09, I’m spending time every day with God. No matter what. Yeah, I know that’s lame and it was probably my Lent commitment in 1993 as well, but I’m bringing it back in 09. And my awesome Nash family friends are helping me out- we send emails every morning of Lent sharing something we learned in our time with God.
There ain’t no better accountability for me than email accountability. What can I say? I love the internet.
Every day I’m listening to THIS PODCAST and using it to springboard the time I’m spending reading the Bible, praying, and writing in my journal.
What’s my goal? To set a pattern, to create a habit, to grow in spiritual disciplines as a RESPONSE to what Jesus did for me on the cross. And to hear God.
What about you? Are you a Lent-er? Are you giving anything up? I’d love to pray for you in your sacrifice this season, so leave it in the comments and we’ll all pray for each other. [That’ll be real cute and totally community-ish of us.]