I woke up thinking about Lent this morning. I realize Lent was three months ago. But for some reason it was on my mind today. Lent is a time of self-discovery and growth during which we should be either (a) fasting from selfish, mindless, and worldly things such as eliminating foul language or giving up drugs and alcohol or (b) focusing our attention on becoming a more spiritually-whole person by proactively adding positive and enriching behaviors into our lives like more prayer and meditation or being kind to strangers. Some people do “a” OR “b” but it’s okay to do “a” AND “b” simultaneously. As I thought about it more deeply, I began to accept that limiting the Lenten practices just during the 40 day period is rather pointless (much like those people who only talk about the principles of Kwanzaa between December 26 – January 2 and never mention them again till December 26 of the next year).
Lenten practices should become part of our daily living to help us embrace the true meaning and spirit of its purpose. Some people create a long list of things they will focus on, while others identify 2-3 key areas of their life in which to improve. I tend to do the latter. Whichever you choose, don’t stop doing it when Lent is over; furthermore, don’t identify things that are easy. Growth isn’t always easy. Focus on some areas of your life that are most in need of change and improvement. You can have ongoing Lenten periods all throughout the year. I’m working on a couple of things again; although Lent is over, I’m practicing its principles again now.We’ll see how it goes.