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March 8th, 2014
Melanie Stara
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“And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him” Luke 5:28

Lent. “Really? Again? It’s Lent?” This thought echoes through my head every time Ash Wednesday and Lent arrive. It’s very easy for me to get sucked into just thinking about the negatives. Since it’s now Lent, I have to decide what things to give up (“but I love chocolate!”) and what practices to add (“sleeping on the floor sounds pretty rough”) during the Lenten season. All too often, I turn Lent into a very negative time and just focus on what I am missing out on.

However, I know in my heart that Lent should be a fruitful time-an opportunity to die to myself and deepen my relationship with Christ. It’s actually an incredible opportunity to grow closer to Christ and get rid of earthly distractions to spend more time focusing on him and his love for us. Christ has blessed my life abundantly, but I don’t think about these blessings very much. I’m usually too focused on the moment, getting through the day, getting enough sleep...the list goes on and on. Lent is an awesome time to give up these distractions and add some new practices that will help my relationship with Christ.

The line above, from today’s Gospel, speaks the truth about what we are all called to do as disciples of Christ, especially during the Lenten season. During Lent, we should “leave everything behind” and “follow him” who has given us life and the blessings of this world. Today, think about adding a new practice for the Lenten season. Maybe you could aim to read the Bible every day, write a note each day to someone who has influenced your life, say an extra prayer each day, etc. Ask Jesus to plant a new desire in your heart: a desire for him. Ask him to help make Lent a fruitful season and for help in focusing on the positives instead.

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