Saturday, February 13, 2010
Lent for this unobserver
My denomination does not observe Lent. This year, though, I feel compelled to. I think it is a fine reminder and time of year to work towards sanctification and remember what Christ did for us. While some objectors may say that we should do this every day of the year, I have to agree with them but the fact is life keeps us pretty occupied and we are only human. Sometimes it is nice to set aside a time, as a church body, to remember and work towards a better Christian walk. No, we are not saved by works, but works are still important. They don't necessarily earn us "brownie points" at the Pearly Gates, but our Christian walk doesn't end with the sinner's prayer. It begins.
Lent can be seen as a bit of joke to others. "I'm giving up chocolate for Lent" is the common phrase. For some, perhaps this is a bit of a sacrifice. I'm not going to judge. While I have a limited understand of Lent, I would think "giving something up for Lent" should be somewhat of a sacrifice and something towards the betterment of yourself.
I've decided to use the Lenten time to actively and determinedly give up the pregnancy blues I've been dealing with. While we can't necessarily change our hormones to make us feel better, we can make up our minds to do the best we can to work beyond that. Within that, I plan on spending more quality time with my children and my home, my Bible and my prayer closet. I plan on less TV and DVD's. I plan on less internet time, though I'm not giving it up altogether for the season. I find too much support, love and edification to give it up. All of this is to garner a better relationship with my God, my family and myself as a housewife.
What are you doing for Lent? How do you observe Lent? I'm particularly interested in how it applies to different denominations. Let me know in the comments section.