Growing up I was never involved with giving up something for lent. I heard a lot about my classmates in middle school and high school giving up something like chocolate or video games for lent, but I never did anything myself.
One Sunday my Pastor from home mentioned that maybe lent can be more than simply giving something up – maybe it can be about taking something on instead. Did he mean adding something meaningful and intentional to my life during lent? I always thought we were supposed to take the temptations away during lent! Boy, was I wrong.
Taking something on for lent can be just as powerful-if not more. This lenten season I am waking up 20 minutes earlier than normal –yes, even on the days I have to be on the medical campus at 7:55 a.m.– to spend time with God each morning. During this time I read one chapter of each book (2) that I’m working through. This morning I finished Philippians and am still working my way through Matthew. Tomorrow I’m starting Proverbs.
After I complete each reading, I turn to my “All in All” journal. It’s a 100 day devotional journal that asks questions, has you write out one key bible verse, and write a prayer.
I end with a few moments of silence before I start getting ready for the long day ahead, knowing that whatever I go through that day He is there with me, just like He was in the morning.
I’m super excited to see how this time during lent enhances my faith. Just 20 minutes a morning spent with Him can make all the difference.
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What do you have to lose?