Many Church people have a general idea of what Lent is, but as often the case once a tradition is put in place, it turns to shallow action rather than a meaningful experience.
Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day (excluding Sundays), of the start of the season of Lent. This is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus — his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. Not all Christian churches observe Lent. Lent is mostly observed by the Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.
We call it “40 Days” and use it as a time to encourage a change in routine, a small step of depth or discipline, and in keeping with tradition, a proactive anticipation of the anniversary of the greatest event in history: the proof of Jesus’ identity and eternal life — his resurrection!
40 Days of Balance — Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength
This year we’re encouraging one another to take steps of “balance”. Jesus challenges the church to worship God with their WHOLE being: with all your heart, soul, mind, strength (Mark 12:30), yet most of us when/if we worship not only think of it in very narrow terms (singing and praying in church), but we do it in ways that align (understandably) with our natural personality and strength.
For example, I tilt toward “heady” worship: I study the Word, I think about obedience, I analyze my life (and yours, quite honestly) 🙂 I’m critical of my short-comings, etc. And I tilt away from “heart” worship (extended prayer, joy, tears, ecstatic or experiential events, gratitude for progress).
When we get in a “groove” or a uniform “habit” we sometimes miss out on the breadth and depth of God. Although Jesus was certainly fully God he was also fully human, and not just theologically but really…he was the perfect balance of head and heart. He saw and called it very clearly, but he felt it and wept about it too.
40 Days of Balance Challenge
How might you do or be something over this 40 Days that might open an avenue of knowing Him better, deeper, clearer than you do? And how might that knowledge of him change you and your life?!? I encourage you to check out the lists of examples on the Vista 40 Days page, which may inspire you! You’ll also
We encourage you to share your experiences over these 40 Days on your site’s Facebook page, or on your Twitter or Instagram accounts (#40Days #VistaStories). We’d love to have a compilation of steps toward balance that we can share to inspire one another.