Is Lent a season where you commit to giving up something? You abstain from fast food, soft drinks, smoking, eating meat on Fridays? Or some other fasting that you have done year after year? Or maybe you give of your time volunteering with church groups or other programs that need assistance.
We all approach the Lenten season differently, some of us may not observe Lent at all, some of us may only consider Lent as a time before the Easter bunny appears, and, we need to drag out the Easter decorations.
However, you observe this period before Easter, may I suggest that we take this time in reflection of what we have done, of have not done. Let us take time to think about how we can become better followers of Christ, and as such, think about the lessons He gave us in the Gospels. Perhaps we can use this season to not do something that we have done religiously each year, rather, we could look to do something that maybe out of our comfort zone. We could visit a relative who we have not seen for some time, we can treat each other with a little more tolerance and understanding, or we can look at each other less judgmentally and become willing to listen to one another more. As we prepare for Easter, we could look at the lessons that Jesus gave us in the gospel’s, to see if we are following his teachings. Each one of us are compelled to live in the way Christ taught us. Let us then, use this Lenten season to make sure we are not doing something that comes easy for us, let us take on something that may be out of our comfort zone. If you do this, you may find that it was not as difficult as you thought it would be.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” John 15:12