We need lent. Lent is a time to step back and reflect on what is getting in the way of our relationship with God. It is to be just that – a relationship. Not a checklist or a drive thru. But, we are human and even our relationships at home can feel like that from time to time. When they start to feel thin or lacking, we can tune in and make some changes. Maybe we’ll schedule a date night at home with our spouse. Or we’ll go out for dessert with one of our kids.
It is so easy to forget that we need to do the same in regards with our relationship with God. We cannot see Him with our human eyes, only with our heart – so it is easy to forget that we need to maintain a relationship with Him. What stands in our way of entering a relationship with God or going deeper into our relationship with Him?
Our idea of him? Maybe we read a chapter of the Gospel every evening during Lent. Our lack of trust? Maybe we start every morning with the simple prayer, “Jesus, I trust in You.” And then we journal, sharing with Jesus about what is on our heart and our minds.
Where does your sense of security come from? Money, number of friends, number of followers on a blog or Facebook? Be honest with Jesus about this. Maybe tithe $5 more. Maybe step away from whatever your security blanket is during Lent and ask Jesus to be that security for you.
The options are endless. It starts with asking the question, “What is getting in my way with starting/continuing or deepening my relationship with Christ?” Answer it honestly and offer it to Christ as a prayer. Listen. Your lent will be fruitful.