Lent: Day 19

It’s almost halftime. Tomorrow we are halfway through Lent. Already!

As every sports follower knows, halftime means re-evaluation time. Do we need to change strategies to finish well? Do we need different plays?

Halftime

I think of Lent in much the same way. If you’re at this point and your Lenten fast has lost some of its focus or energy, why not consider a change? Better to finish strong than to fade with a whimper. Right?

Perhaps your fast needs to change to something altogether different; more manageable, more achievable.

Or perhaps you would benefit from expanding your fast for this second half—add to it.

There is benefit, at times, in grueling our way through a dry patch. It’s a discipline that reminds us that our enjoyment and satisfaction is not the only goal of life. However, there are also those times when we know that we can offer more to God by walking through a different door. Each of us needs to decide if we’re running for the exits or looking for new ways to enter the experience.

So, as we approach halftime, you might like to take a seat on the bench, review the playbook, and consider how to turn this into a strong second half.

Father, you rule over everything. Today, may your Kingdom break forth and your will be done in my life in ways that bring glory to you. Amen.

 

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4 Responses to Lent: Day 19

  1. Ron Brewste says:

    David,
    Just wanted you to know I have reading your posts on Lent. Thanks for doing this and cheering us all on. I find them refreshing and helpful for walking with Jesus. Ron B.

  2. Diana Anderson says:

    I was just thinking yesterday that next year I should give up complaining for Lent. That will be a real challenge. But you have inspired me. Why not begin giving it up now? (And hopefully start a new life pattern)

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