Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lent 2015 Thoughts

This is going to be kind of a surreal post, being that today is Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season as we approach the commemoration of the death, burial and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus...and at the same time as I write this we are mourning the loss of a great man in Jerry Waltrip yet celebrating his life as he is now Home with Jesus.

As we start the Lenten season, you see posts on Facebook and Twitter of people announcing what they are giving up.  I say this every it our business what you are announcing you are giving up?  Not's really between you and the Lord.  And it doesn't always have to be anything physical (if that makes sense) like meat, sodas, sweets, etc.  It could be something like giving up an hour of TV or computer time or whatever is hindering your walk with God.

I always hearken back to Hebrews 12:1,2 (New Living Translation)

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
We don't all have to walk around like modern-day Pharisees and proclaim what we are giving up for 40 days. Pray that during this season God will strengthen your walk with Him...and if it means going without a Dr. Pepper or a Braum's hamburger, so be it!!!

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to continue to strip off the weight that slows me down ;) ...