I know that I am a little behind the curve since we’re almost a week into the season of Lent, but I wanted to share what Lent means to me.
I grew up in a church that did not “do” Lent. Lent was mentioned as the “current season” but that was about it. There were no services on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday was a very small service that only a very few people attended. (Since I have moved away, this has changed and the church now has a Ash Wednesday service and more of an emphasis on Lent.) I was never told that I should give up anything, I only knew people did this because my Catholic (mostly) friends would complain about what they “had” to give up for these 40 days. I never knew how wonderful Lent could be.
Fast forward, and I am saved. Now I truly begin to understand that sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and what that means for ME! And Lent is essentially Christ’s very long walk to the cross, it is a season to remind me of what he did for me, what God did for me, and how epically awesome all of that is.
This year is the first year that I am making the choice to fast during Lent. I won’t be fasting in terms of food, but I have given up mindless TV. It’s not that I love TV, but I use it as a crutch. It is my background noise while I’m cleaning or doing homework. And I spend hours everyday watching my Netflix. Instead of filling my time with the likes of “Burn Notice” and “Psych”, I will turn on my Pandora to my Christian station for a soundtrack to life. Instead of watching the small screen, I will be reading his Word and praying. I am seeking to be intentional about seeking Him this season, instead of mindlessly wasting my time. I will still probably watch an episode here and there, but my goal/purpose is to not watch just because I can’t think of anything else to do.
Are you fasting for Lent? Remember you don’t need to give something up, you could start doing something new instead!