Reflections on Lent

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We often think of Lent as this spiritual time when you fast, give up something you really enjoy, and pray. Lent is a time from Ash Wednesday to Easter, that you use to imitate Jesus’ 40 day fast in the wilderness. If you do this religiously, you can really lose the meaning and purpose. I can say that because, I have done it, in a religious manner; meaning I have done it as something I am supposed to do as a Christian. In doing it this way I have not really gotten anything out of it, it just became a task, most of the time which I did not complete successfully.
However, as I reflect over the time of Lent, and think of this as Jesus did, I begin to see this time with a new significance. Jesus used this time to quiet himself and focus on the profound mission he was about to take on,to Redeem the World. He knew he was going to embark on many challenges, triumphs, victories, and defeats. Before even seeking this task he needed time to prepare, mentally, spiritually, and physically. Being tempted by Satan was going to be a big challenge, and it was as if Jesus was saying come on, I am preparing for this. Jesus knew where his strength and victory was, in the relationship He had with his Father, and knowing the word of his Father. Jesus also knew he was His heavenly Father’s son, sent here with a mission and a purpose. So, bringing all that forward,how does that help us in today’s world. One, before we take on any major event in our lives we need time to think, pray and seek God’s guidance. We need to be still and listen to the still small voice inside of us, the spirit of God in you. You need time in stillness, to know who you are, your mission in this earth realm, and to receive, instructions from God on how to complete your personal mission. You need direction, and a roadmap to accomplish, the big dreams, the word of God, directs and guides us. You have to know when going after your dreams that doubt, and temptation will come along. This is the time when you need the words to speak to the naysayers that come along to say you can’t do this. What will you say to them, how will you keep going in the midst of turmoil, or when you don’t quite see the fruits of your labour? You have to count the cost before you take on any major endeavor.
Lent is seen as a time of giving things up, but I propose to you that Lent is actually a time of building up the vessel, strengthening your inner man, and learning how to hold on under pressure. Lent is a great time to learn how to navigate this ship, we call life. Lent is a time to think and reflect. If you give up anything, give up those distractors that keep you form thinking, television, Facebook, your email. Mostly, value and set quite time for yourself. The greatest power you have access to is the God power within yourself, to tap in, you must be Still.

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