Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit, so letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. -Romans 8:5-6
We are in the Season of Lent which began on Ash Wednesday and lasts through Easter. It is a time of extra reflection on the life and teachings of Jesus. It is a season for us to be focused on turning away from wrong actions and dedicating ourselves to living the kind of life Jesus taught us to live.
I was not raised in a family or church which taught us to fast or give up something during Lent. Several years ago for Lent, I decided I would make a practice of spending time reading the Bible and my devotional and praying the first thing every morning instead of whenever I got around to it during the day – which often didn’t happen. It made such a difference that I still do it. Since that time, I have decided to do something nice for someone every day during Lent. It has made me look for things I can do to bring a smile or be helpful to others.
Our church has many flyers and booklets that offer devotions and many ways to make Lent meaningful. They talk about things like being more mindful and thankful for the things and people around you, having a giving box where you add things to give to others, or having a grateful journal or box where you record things you are grateful for each day. Take a look at the many items available in the Welcome Center or Atrium. There are suggestions for busy families as well as more involved readings. It’s not too late to start! Find something for you and/or your family which will make Lent more meaningful and draw you closer to the God who gave His Son for our redemption and whose resurrection we celebrate on Easter.