February 20, 2020

Lent begins next week. I hate Lent. And even though I can’t find it in the Bible, I’m pretty sure God hates Lent. If anyone ever tells you they like Lent, they have some serious issues that need to be controlled with medication. But there is a problem with hating Lent.

Even though I don’t like it, I understand Lent is necessary to truly grasp the beauty of Jesus’ resurrection.

Lent is the time of introspection, which is something I usually avoid doing. I don’t want to look at my own failures and sins. I’d much rather look at my congregation’s. But again, looking at my shortcomings helps me understand the beauty of God’s never-ending, all-healing grace.

In order to make Lent meaningful, give up something you enjoy like sweets, social media, caffeine, meat, bread, alcohol, television, surfing the web, gossip, games on your phone, watching sports, shopping, criticizing your pastor’s sermons, the list goes on and on…..

Also, you can take on something additional such as fasting, reading the Bible daily, praying for someone you don’t like, attending a study at church, being intentional about quality time with God and family, acts of service and charity, mending a relationship, forgiving a hurt, and of course, making sure your pastor knows you are up to date on your giving if you are going out of town, the list goes on and on….

You’ve got one week before Lent begins, so you’ve got plenty of time and think through what you want to do to make Lent even more meaningful. It will help you grow as a Christian and that’s what matters.

Peter said: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)

Lent is right around the corner. I cannot wait.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me decide what I will do to make Lent a time of growth and devotion. Help me be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

A word of warning; I gave up caffeine a few years ago. My marriage barely survived.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins