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Five Very Simple Things To Make Lent More Meaningful

Five Very Simple Things To Make Lent More Meaningful

A season spent in fasting and meditation is good for your soul, but many of us don’t have the time or energy to undertake such a commitment. That doesn’t mean our Lenten season should be without meaning. Here are some simple things that you can do to make this season more meaningful to you.

1. Be Watchful

“Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.  ‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.'”

Jesus’ pleading words to his disciples might just as easily apply to us today. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” We are surrounded by temptations of every kind. Sometimes we just give up the fight and give in to our weaknesses. Remember, we can’t resist temptation on our own. Jesus, who knows about temptation first hand, is always there to give us strength.

2. Be Faithful

On Palm Sunday, the crowd praised Jesus as the Messiah, the one to restore the kingdom of David, but in a few days, they lost their zeal. Before, they shouted His praise, now they shouted for His execution. Do we flip-flop that easily? Do we sing God’s praises one day and shame His name the next? Use your time this season to examine your actions. Has everything you have done been a witness to Christ? Everything you said? Every action you took? Is there room for improvement?

3. Be Charitable

Lent is a time for inner-reflection. Of soul searching and meditation. But sometimes we can get lost in ourselves. Sometimes our meditations with God becomes all about us. Break out of this snare and look outward. This Lent, practice some special acts of charity. Don’t worry about if the recipient is deserving, or truly worthy. This is not about them, this is about you and your showing gratitude to God for the gift that He has given you.

4. Be Prayerful

Prayer is the time you spend with God. Don’t neglect it. When you go long stretches without talking to your friends, you grow farther apart. Don’t let this happen with God. Spend time with Him daily.

5. Be Worshipful

For just one night a week, for just the few weeks before Easter, take time to come to Wednesday night Lenten Service. Discover a new and entirely different way to worship. This season, we are looking at our relationship to God through prayer as we meditate on God’s word, and find the personal meaning that is there for us. Come early and join in fellowship with a delicious dinner as well.