Think of yourself as being created in the image of God. How does it feel to know that God’s Spirit is within you? What is covering up that image, choking the spirit in your life? What needs to happen to uncover it, to revive it? Invite Christ’s healing and revitalizing power to work in your life.
We often think fasting is only about food, but as a Christian practice, it can encompass much more. It can also be abstention from things that occupy time that would be better spent on our relationship from Christ: TV, video games, surfing the Internet, etc. How might you use the time away from that activity to focus on God?
Fasting in relation to food can take many forms: giving up a meal or choosing simpler foods. Rather than simply giving something up, pray as you fast and remember those who hunger and thirst in this world, and donate the money you would have spent for that meal to a hunger-related cause.
Open your eyes every moment to the presence of God. Surround the routine things of your life with prayer, lifting each thing you do and each person you meet to God for blessing. Each day write a blessing for one of the common, everyday things in your life and ask that as you are blessed, you may in turn be a blessing.
Ask yourself, “Who is in need of hospitality?” Reach out to someone in need of Christ’s compassion. It could be serving in one of the many mission opportunities before our congregation this Lenten season, or calling or visiting with a person in need of companionship and a listening ear.
Sometimes we approach Lent like a math problem; do we add or subtract? Do we add something to our lives like an intentional spiritual practice or, or do we give something up, perhaps a bad habit or a luxury? There isn’t a right answer, but there is a right “heart”. The Lenten journey is a time of reordering our lives to reflect what God would have us be. If the practices we choose just seem like a pain, make us feel like a martyr or give us a sense of spiritual superiority, are we really turning our hearts toward a God that both calls us to right living and showers us with abundant grace? Or are we just making it all about us? There are many spiritual practices that bring us into an awareness of God’s hope for our lives. Consider practicing an intentional Lenten journey this year.
Prayer and Reflection
Consider a time of daily prayer, scripture and reflection.