I have a mental list of the things I need to be doing….groceries, dinner, clean muddy door, pay bills, visit hospital, exercise, vegetables, tennis practice, tennis match, track meet, scout meeting, and on and on it goes.
The stores have aisles of chocolate bunnies, colorful Easter eggs and baskets of all shapes and sizes. My kids aren’t little anymore. How do I “do” Easter with an 18 year old? Basket?
It is the season of Lent. A time in the church year that Christians remember the days leading up to Christ’s crucifixion and rising from the grave. For the first 40 of my years, my family and I would start this season by having ashes marked on our forehead on Ash Wednesday. We would walk around town feeling quite smug about our smudges. Living in the south, heart of the Bible Belt, a Baptist church on every corner, inevitably a sweet little lady would stop us at the grocery store to let us know we had some dirt on our faces. I’m sure with her finger licked and ready to clean us up. It was a time to “give up” something important like chocolate or soda.
I’m older now and attending a nondenominational church. This community church doesn’t observe the different liturgical seasons like my old church did, so I kind of missed the beginning of the Easter season. Although I haven’t had the ashes marked on my forehead, I believe my soul knows it is a special time for renewal. I’ve been yearning for a closer relationship with God. My piles and to-do lists have been overwhelming me. I needed to evaluate my life and see how I could do things differently.
This is my friend, my pleasure, my time waster, my iPad. It is an amazing tool. In fact i can keep in touch with friends and family hundreds of miles away and I write all of my posts from it. Do I “give it up”? I don’t think I could.
What if I used it more wisely?
I have uploaded bible and Christian apps. I have subscribed to daily devotions that are emailed to me every day.
In the mornings I look at those things first. I read God’s word, I write in my 1000 Gifts journal and I pray. My initial daily doings now have more intent and focus. I still have piles and long lists of to-dos, but they can all be done joyfully and peacefully because I have prepared my mind in the Holy Spirit.
I haven’t figured out what to put in the Easter baskets, but hopefully I’ve added quality time with God. What things are you doing this Lenten season to focus more on God? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know!