A few days ago, I saw a post on social media that read "Challenge brings Change". I passively scrolled past this post as it was nothing new, I have heard this saying a lot in the past and it is true, Challenge does bring Change. For some reason, it stuck with me this time and I started thinking about how often I hear and see people who are completely bought-in to pursuing a healthier lifestyle or pursuing a higher education where the challenge must be overcome for the change to happen. Why should spiritual health be treated any differently than our mental or physical health? In a world that feels like anything goes, there is so much value in being tethered to God's word. This Lenten season brings forth the opportunity to elect discomfort and challenge in our everyday lives in an effort to hear the Lord more clearly and connect with him on a deeper level.
Lent is perhaps one of the most personal seasons on the Christian calendar. It is a time to empty ourselves of the lesser things so that we might be filled with the greater things of the gospel. Personally, I am challenged to rid my life of complacency and eliminate distractions to help me slow my pace in preparation for Easter. By intentionally slowing down and eliminating a few worldly delights from my life, I am able to refocus and choose God over the world each day in a measurable way. Whether you connect better through fasting or implementing additional spiritual practices, Lent presents us with the opportunity to put a change in place and allow us to dive deeper into a relationship with Christ.
During this season of reflection, it is important for us to lean into the Cross and make space to focus more intently on Jesus. I love how the below verse from Acts illustrates the parallel between repentance and refreshment. What a beautiful reminder that It is only when we understand the depth of our sin that we will understand the depth of what Jesus did for us on the Cross. It is my prayer that this season of Lent would remind you to seek your delight and refreshment from the Lord and only the Lord. No matter what you do to observe this season, I pray that God draws you close to him and he prepares you with a fresh perspective to experience and appreciate Good Friday and Easter in a different way.
"Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord" ACTS 3:19