Lent. Do you give anything up for lent? When I was in high school, I remember seeing people come to school with ash on their foreheads and not really understanding what was going on…
When I learned it was the beginning of lent, Ash Wednesday, I felt pressure to come up with something to let go of or give up for God. It has always seemed like I was somehow pretending to be apart of something when I participated though..
Not because I didn’t know God but that I didn’t really understand why it was such a big deal. It seems like the trendy thing to do, give up something for lent.. Everyone would be talking about what they were giving up.. Even people that I didn’t know were Christians..So here I am, 15 years later, still trying to decide if I should participate or not in this tradition of sacrifice.
I know there is so much underneath celebrating Lent and my understanding of what this time period actual represents.. but I find myself still feeling uncomfortable choosing something insignificant to “give up”…I believe in fasting and praying and I respect traditions… but what is my hesitation with lent? I think that my lack of understanding of biblical traditions and knowledge of what this time represents.. Stinks..
Check out this link to brush up on the imporatance of lent.. Why do we celebrate all of the Hallmark holidays but then question the importance of anything celebrating sacrifice? Yeah, when you think about it like that, it changes the way I think about lent. It’s not something that I don’t know about because I do.. and you do, if you know Jesus..
So, yes, I’m celebrating lent.. I wasn’t sure at first thought but several hours later, I can’t deny a reason to fast, pray and give..Give up something good.. something that you want so bad that you rely on it instead of spending time relying on HIM. If you know me..
Then you know, mine is going to be tough. It starts with a Cough and ends with a please Lord, get me through this. E. I’ve held on long enough. If i’ve learned anything through this experience with Walker, we can do way more then we think or imagine..
Paul’s Prayer for the Ephesians
…Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.