Take something up this Lent

March 16, 2017 - Faith development, Lent, Youth Ministry

Take something up this Lent

Lent

lɛnt/

noun

“The period preceding Easter, which is devoted to fasting, abstinence, and penitence in commemoration of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness”

I remember when I was in Primary School I would absolutely dread Lent. The thought of giving up my beloved freddo frogs or zooper doopers overwhelmed me with fear. Now that I have grown and developed in my relationship with God, I have thankfully realised how much more there is to Lent than that!

One word. Coffee. How insanely good is it? I am pretty sure regular double shot latte’s make up over half of my blood. Long story short, I have decided to give up coffee for Lent and use the money I would have spent, donating to Project Compassion.

But have you ever contemplated if there is more to Lent than just ‘giving something up’? What about taking up something or doing something?

This Lent my goal and what I have ultimately aspired to do is to self reflect, pray, and to pause, and frequently think about where I’m at. There is no greater time than now, especially during this incredible time of Lent to invite God into those places and times of weakness. God wants nothing more than to transform and renew you into everything you were created to be. This Lent I have promised to be more open to enabling the Holy Spirit to work within me and to utilise me as a vessel of God’s grace and love, and I encourage you to do the same. Really letting go and allowing God to do His thing is undeniably scary and the thought of it can be overwhelming. Since I’ve really said yes to every single one of God’s callings, so many doors have opened, and opportunities to go deeper in my faith have been abundant.

If you’re contemplating why you’re ‘giving something or taking up something’ for Lent, then remember this. Jesus laid down his life for us, how crazy is that!? That is the ultimate sacrifice. How awesome that he believed that all people are the absolute pinnacle of creation and that our lives were worthy of being fulfilled with joy and love, to be free from sin.

I was in Nepal at the end of last year and whilst I was spending time in an orphanage, I met a girl named Surala. Never in my life have I encountered a soul with such compassion, love, and joy as her. Yet she had near to nothing. The one thing she did have though, was the love that came from those around her. It made me come to the realisation of something. That happiness and fulfilment doesn’t stem from things we have, it comes from who we are. During this time of Lent, it is so incredibly important to consider all of those who are living a life less fortunate that ourselves. Our fasting is nothing in comparison to the hardship some people face on a daily basis. So during our fasting, we pray for them, and all those who are suffering in all facets of life.

During this season of Lent, dig deep and think about every blessing in your life. Be open to the fact God has called each and every one of us to live our lives with a story worth telling and for us to be the best person we can be.

The struggle of not having coffee is real, but the love I am constantly feeling from Christ especially in this Lenten season is unreal!  

Peace and God Bless,

Billi Lansky