I’m pretty new to the whole idea of Lent. Growing up I remember hearing my catholic friends talk about it a little, but I didn’t understand it. The first time I saw someone with ashes on their forehead in college, I politely told them they had dirt on their face and might want to wash it off. (“You’ve got a little something righhhhhht there…”)
Coming to faith in an evangelical church meant rejecting all things “religious” in favor of a relationship with Jesus. And while I understand the impetus behind that, I find myself longing for the good that can be found in religion. So I’m learning. I’m reading. I’m asking questions. I’m seeking. And I still don’t know much, but I know enough to want to participate in this, the season of Lent.
But I’m not giving up chocolate. Or alcohol. Or coffee. Or social media.
Because I know myself well enough to know that a fast of that kind would only turn my thoughts towards myself. My willpower. My fortitude. A fast of that kind for me would not likely bring me closer to God.
Instead I have chosen to turn my thoughts to repentance, to devote the pauses in my day to prayer and meditation, and to earnestly seek God in daily scripture readings. To practice what I understand as good religion.
I share all of this to share a piece of me. Honestly I feel incredibly vulnerable when I post about faith. Especially since I feel very ill-equipped to talk about it. But maybe you can relate or resonate with something I say, and that makes it worth it.
In case anyone is interested, here are a few resources I’m loving right now:
Do you observe Lent? What does this season look like for you? Do you give up something? Do you add something? I would love to hear about your experience.