FRIDAY REFLECTIONS: Late for Lent?

February 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM 5 comments

Being a Protestant all my life, celebrating Lent was never quite on my radar.

After all, we’re under grace, right? No need to earn extra  brownie points with God through excessive self-denial. Nothing to prove here – Jesus already did it all on the cross. At least that was my thinking, if I gave it any thought at all.

Yet this year a couple of close friends mentioned that they were considering giving something up for Lent. Why in the world are they doing that? I wondered. So I decided to do a little Google research. To be honest, most of the results were pretty boring. A lot of dry verbiage about self abasement, fasting, and death. None of it really drew me in. In fact, I was about to abandon the search entirely when I ran across one last article.

It mentioned that some people actually EMBRACE a particular practice during Lent, rather than  merely abstain from one. This got my attention. Especially since I’d been re-reading John Ortberg’s classic book The Life You’ve Always Wanted, which talks about ALL of life being fodder for spiritual training.

Hmm, I wondered. Could there be a particular habit God wants me to embrace between now and Easter? Something that would help me draw closer to Him or His ways?

I decided in advance that I wouldn’t force it. If something came to me, great. If not, no worries. I already knew I loved God and He loved me. He was already the center of my life. Then again, if He wanted me to go deeper with Him through the observance of  Lent, I was game. This was starting to get interesting.

I considered various options. There was, of course, sugar. Everyone seems to give up sugar for Lent. Or any number of other dietary items or vices. But even though some of them sounded pretty spiritual, nothing really resonated with my spirit. I could do it, of course, but it felt like holding my breath for 40 days just to prove a point…and what point, exactly?

I’d pretty much decided to bag the whole thing, when all at once it dawned on me: P r o c r a s t i n a t i o n. Maybe that’s what God wanted me to abstain from during Lent! And what did He want me to embrace instead? P r o a c t i v i t y. Okay, now I was starting to get motivated.

Because procrastination is to me…what the giant was to David. It looms and intimidates and brings the constant tension of feeling behind, hurried, and never-quite-fully-guilt-free. It also brings lateness. And far more anxiety and stress than I’m guessing God ever intended us to experience in a given “regular” day. So maybe it’s time to run toward that giant?

Okay, so it’s decided. I’m giving up procrastination for Lent. I’d like to say I’m giving up lateness, but that’s an even bigger giant. I’ll start with procrastination.

The crux of my battle with procrastination seems to be bedtimes and getting up times. For some reason I tend to put them off. Yet as they go, so tends to go my day. So that’s where my training begins. I’m getting excited!

Okay, let’s forge a plan…

9pm – WIND-DOWN HOUR

10pm – GO TO BED

7am – GET UP

9am – HIT THE WRITING DESK

Not easy, but simple.  I probably won’t do it perfectly…in fact, I know I won’t. Yet as I invite the Holy Spirit to inhabit my efforts, I’m excited to see what He will do!

And so my Lenten season begins…

A little late, perhaps. But somehow that feels entirely appropriate!

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” EPHESIANS 4:22-24 [emphasis mine]

POSTSCRIPT: I’m waiting til Monday to start my Lenten season…care to join me? That still gives us 40 days of Lent before Easter. And yes, I realize…I just procrastinated. Guess that makes today “Fat” Friday!

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tandy Turpin  |  February 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    I am so with you on this. I never really thought Lent applied to me. I am going to ponder your new perspective over the weekend and see what God wants me to embrace or abstain. Thanks!

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    • 2. Kimosphere  |  February 25, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      That’s great. If God does lead you to embrace or abstain from something in particular, I’d love to hear. Blessings!

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  • 3. Elizabeth McKay Hutchison  |  February 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Yeah! So glad that God spoke to you! that’s the best part, I think. Funny….I haven’t started eating just veggies for lunch. Procrastinating about it 😉 no time like tomorrow for lunch with a friend!

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    • 4. Kimosphere  |  February 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      That’s one thing about procrastination…it’s fairly universal! And yes, we can start our “Lenton season” together tomorrow. 😀

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  • 5. Deon Pawlowski  |  March 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM

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