Lent is supposed to be about fasting and reflection, preparing for the Easter celebration of the Resurrection. So how can I observe Lent in way that would prepare my heart for celebration?
Today I needed to clean, really clean my study. It has my collection of books and my husband’s of East Asia focused one plus all our Bible study reference books too. The love gals study and do projects here too. Add scrapbook pretties, the boxes of memories waiting, waiting… Wall to wall furniture, trash cans, shredders and a card table in the middle. Well, I am sure you get the picture!
Often I get sidetracked when I start this type of cleaning. Not today! Nope. Instead the question I asked was why in the world do I still have this? Why did I keep this? Pushing through.
Years ago as a new lieutenant in the army, there were 2 things I was told. One was walk fast with a clipboard even to lunch. Everyone will think you are busy and therefore a good officer. (That only takes you so far by the way.)
The other was eliminate and concentrate. You know the good, the best, the must do’s.
Pushing through the stuff to get to the thing.
I think this is a good Lenten practice.
Pushing though the stuff to get to Him.
To eliminate and concentrate to focus on the thing(s) that I should. Yes, there are the disciplines of prayer and praise. Of rehearsing truths. There is also the part of the moving forward into a direction He seems to be leading.
And I can’t get there for all the stuff. Not clutter, not messy, just the extra stuff that distracts. I am having trouble pushing though the stuff to get to Him.
Can that be a Lenten practice? Keeping the main thing the main thing. Focus on the leading from Him. Not succumbing to distractions? Maybe it is not “spiritual” enough but this is one gal who is going to give it a try!
http://www.aholyexperience.com/ Linked here “Walking With Him Wednesdays”