Lent is just around the corner, and is a season aimed at just that goal. Namely, in taking inventory of our lives. Ash Wednesday is March 6 this year, marking the beginning of that forty day journey to the annual reminder of the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Historically, it is a season when we give things up, fast and pray to assist us toward that end. And while it is a couple weeks away, I’d like to challenge you to do something different as a church this year. Take something on.
Take something on for the sake of your soul’s health. Do something that is not a part of your regular routine at present that will serve to deepen your walk with the Lord. If you are not in a small group, join one this season on Sunday mornings. Make the sacrifice to get up early, give something up after all, to be with the Lord and to invest in your life and to invest in the lives of your brothers and sisters in Christ. If your time in God’s Word is ‘spotty’ take up the daily offices during Lent to begin engaging it more regularly (send an email request to the office and I will get you a copy). Or perhaps come to confession to ‘clean out’ those things that weigh heavily on your heart that with a fresh slate you may be filed more fully with the Spirit of God, having turned from lesser things. Set the priority for midweek service and Bible study perhaps. The opportunities at the church abound to assist you.
Let Lent be a milestone in your life this year. If we are to take evangelism, stewardship, mission and ministry to heart, we must begin with our hearts. We need to evaluate where we are in relationship to God, which is a constant process. Lent is a great starting point in the weeks to come to be more intentional in this regard. Don’t miss this opportunity for spiritual growth. Begin praying and pondering today what you may do and what you may add for your soul’s health this Lent. If you need help, or want to talk more about it, my door is always open to you.