We have an exciting free download for you today! As Lent begins next week with Ash Wednesday on February 17, we are pleased to share this 40-day discipline to enrich your walk with Christ.
Don’t be scared off by the word discipline — it has garnered negative connotations but it simply means training and focus. Lent is a season to sharpen our focus onto Jesus, and train our thoughts, mindsets and habits to be more like his. “Discipline” and “discipleship” have the same roots!
A couple of years ago, I was encouraged to work through this Lenten discipline with my church. I have done a lot of Bible studies, but have rarely read the Lectionary readings daily. And I have always given up something – usually something fairly easy – and taken on something extra as part of Lent for several years. But this particular plan, along with daily/weekly sacrifices, really challenged me.
The plan follows the six weeks of Lent with daily scripture readings, prayers, and challenges for you to complete on your own. Consider going through it as a couple or small group to build relationship around a central goal.
I encourage you to commit to the daily readings. Holiness is not a to-do list to accomplish or a plan with definite steps. The way to holiness is committing to the time to get to know Jesus intimately. Yes, it’s hard to find time. But for me, if I really want to do something, I find the time is there.
It’s hard to reach out to other people daily — I know this firsthand! — but it is a blessing to the other person and it is definitely a blessing to me. Make a plan so you are prepared for busy days and opportunities that may pop up: purchase items you might want to give, have some food on hand to prepare a meal for someone at a moment’s notice, make a list of people you want to remember to call or send a note or pray for. It doesn’t have to be big, expensive things: one year I gave out packages of gum and small wrapped candies, which I kept in my car during Lent. People just want to know you love them and are thinking about them.
Lent is a time to repent of our sins, deny ourselves, give to others, and prepare for Resurrection Day. Anna and I are praying for you, that our Lenten discipline will help you in your desire to know the Lord better and become more like Him every day. We’ll be checking in later to find out how you’re doing and share our thoughts!
God bless you!