For many, Lent is a time of reflection and grace. We fast, spend extra time with God in prayer, and do more for our fellow man and/or the causes and charities we believe in and trust. For others, Lent is an obligatory penance we’ve been taught from childhood. A time during which we give up something (sweets, sodas, etc.) and attend church services more, but we’ve forgotten the real reason behind the six week period, and we’re just glad when it’s over!
But should we be?
Experts say an old habit can be broken and a new one cemented in thirty days. We’ve spent more than that during this time of year replacing our old routines with something new and meaningful. We’ve traded our poor eating practices with regular fasting and abstinence.
We look and feel better. We’re calmer, more centered and focused.
Why then are we anxious to throw away the benefits of Lent and go back to our previous ways of thinking, eating and doing/being?
Wouldn’t it be better to use Lent as a time of renewal and then continue to reap the rewards all year?
Think about this for a second!
Let’s say your Lenten observation consisted of spending an extra 15 minutes in prayer and meditation each morning and you’ve noticed a difference in your day. If recognized, you’ll connect the two and understand exactly why your entire life seems to go smoother. Wouldn’t it be wise to continue those moments of pure devotion throughout the year?
Or, you’ve given up sodas or sweets and/or fasted 1 day each week and notice you feel better….less bloated, more energy, etc. Why then go back to those unhealthy pursuits?
Alas, we’re so conditioned to the observance of Lent without truly considering the full beauty and opportunity afforded us to start anew and pursue the kind of life we dream of.
So, if you’re one of those who’re glad this particular season is over, if you’re happy to be Lent free, I urge you to examine that mindset and reconsider what Lent means (or can mean) for you in terms of living the life you desire and deserve.
Something to think about!
“Inspirational with an Edge!” ™