“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
Monday, March 2, 2009
We are now in the season of Lent. It actually started this past Wednesday. It is the remembrance of the 40 days that Christ spent in the wilderness. It is a time usually of self sacrifice, penitance, and a renewal of our commitment to God. Catholics usually forgo all meat except fish for the 40 days of Lent. We Episcopalians are allowed to choose how we spend Lent. Some of us give something up and some of us don't. One of my big vices is not drinking enough water. I drink a lot of sweet tea during the day. So, I have given up sweet tea and will be drinking water instead. Lent is not just a time for us to sacrifice, it is also a time to reflect on our relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ. Are we as close as we should be? Am I living according to His example? Just a couple things to ask ourselves. Sometimes Lent is a good time to start a habit, such as daily Bible reading. Getting up a few minutes early can give us some quiet time for reflection and growth in our personal spriritual walk with God. So reflect this Lenten season on the sacrifices made for you and where you can grow in your walk with God. Whether this growth comes from sacrificing something you love, or giving some extra time to be with God that is up to you individually. We all need to grow in different ways and in different areas of our life. The importance of Lent comes from knowing that growth is still needed and learning is not yet finished. May God bless you in your journey today and may this Lenten season bring you closer to our Savior.