Halfway – Give or Take

Today, more or less, is the mid-point of Lent.  Ash Wednesday was three weeks ago.  Three weeks from tomorrow is Maundy Thursday.  We’ve had three Sundays in Lent, so far, and, we have three more to go before Easter.

At the start of this Lenten Season, I made the following commitments…

  • I gave up watching television, as well as my Facebook and Twitter news feeds.
  • I gave up all desserts in all forms.
  • I planned to read several theological/spiritual books, as well daily Scripture Reading and journaling.
  • And,  I committed to blog every day.

So far…

  • I’ve stayed off Social Media and haven’t watched TV.  But, it’s been hard not to sneak-watch when I’ve been at restaurants with TVs.
  • I’ve avoided desserts – except for one meal at CiCi’s Pizza (where I should never eat, anyway!) where I stuffed my face with dessert pizza without even realizing what I was doing until it was too late.
  • So far, I have read…
    • The Very Good Gospel, by Lisa Sharon Harper
    • Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture, by Makoto Fujimura
    • Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing, by Andy Crouch
    • I’m still working on The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery, by David Benner
    • Tomorrow, I will start, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, by James K. A. Smith
    • I’ve also been slowly working my way through 1 Samuel.
  • And, I’ve blogged something or other, everyday.  Blogging, especially, has given me an outlet to think, reflect, theologize, and be creative.  Thanks for reading!

Of course the point of any Lenten discipline is to allow God more space to work in your life and to develop a more Christ-like character.  I am pleased to say that I definitely feel like I have spent more and better time with the Lord, thinking about the Lord, and listening to the Lord.

Though I would love to have a cookie, or two (actually, today I caught myself daydreaming about a slice of key-lime pie, dipped in chocolate, that they make in Key West), and maybe watch an episode or two of American Pickers, those can wait.

So, 3 weeks +/- to go.  How is your Lent going?

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