Everyone has something that they hold on to. You might not even realize that this thing has become such a large part of your life until it’s taken away from you. That’s a part of what Lent is about. It’s about cleansing yourself from anything that may have slipped from the ‘enjoyable pastime’ category to the ‘dangerously close to idol/idol’ category. But Lent’s not just about giving something up. It’s about using that time gap/energy/ craving to prepare your heart for Easter. Easter is a really big deal. See, it’s not just about chocolate bunnies and feel good church services. It’s not about yummy Easter food-though we all must admit it’s pretty good stuff- and it’s not about getting closer to Spring. Easter is suposed to be a day of joy for Christ followers- I don’t mean those who follow Christ on twitter, I mean do you seriously think God has a twitter account? It’s a yearly reminder of what God has done for us. It’s a reminder that He died so that we can have eternal, unseparated fellowship with Him. It’s a reminder that “God’s not dead, He’s surely alive! He’s living on the inside, roaring like a lion!”( God’s Not Dead by Newsboys). It’s a day of hope and a day of eternal perspective. It’s a day to jumpstart the rest of the year. Easter shouldn’t just be one day. Easter should be every day. Just stop for a second and imagine what your life would be like if every day you stopped to think about what God did for you… I think that would completely change a lot of lives.
Here are some challenges to you:
- Give up something for Lent( no, it’s not too late).
- Start something for Lent( start thanking the Lord for what He’s done for you, start having daily quiet time, start volunteering, etc. Do something for the Lord.)
- Let the lessons you’ve learned during Lent carry over into the rest of your life( one week at a time)
Chathu( http://wonderingsoul21.wordpress.com/): Thanks for inspiring me to give up social media by being an example. Keep fighting the good fight!