I came across this while browsing around other WordPress blog entries on the topic of Lent. I found it greatly encouraging! It’s from the blog of a Wesleyan pastor named Mark Haines’
The truth about Lent is not a secret.
You know it. Your friends know it. But I’m going to say the shocking truth about Lent out loud.
Giving up something for Lent that you look forward to starting up again on Easter Sunday afternoon will never change you. When you give up coffee or chocolate for Lent, you start counting down to Easter when you will wash down that 2 pound chocolate bunny with a half-gallon of Starbucks coffee. After you wake up from that sugar and caffeine buzz, you go right back to being and acting like you did before Lent began.
I want this year to be different for me and for you. I was challenged last week by a question on Rachael Held Evans’ blog post entitled, 40 Ideas for Lent (2012). The first question stopped me in my tracks. ” When I wake up on Resurrection Sunday morning, how will I be different?” That’s when I realized I needed to declare the truth about Lent. No one can change the way it’s usually done.
The Awesome Shocking Truth about Lent
You can wake up on Easter Sunday morning, ready to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, knowing you are not the same person who started Lent. You can be a different person. You can change with God’s help.
Being in Jesus’ presence, spending time in prayer and meditation on the Word and examining our hearts with the illuminating grace of the Holy Spirit – these things should result in our being changed more into Jesus’ likeness. May our time with the Lord truly change us this Lent. It IS possible. I’ve found it true in my life already this Lent! Thanks be to God that He is the God who makes all things new and redeems even me!