Does it take you some time to get your house ready for an important guest? Maybe someone of importance is coming over or someone you love tremendously and you want everything to be perfect. I know for me it takes days to prepare. Things that are usually skipped are squeaky clean. My oven sparkles like new even though no one is going to open the door to check. Sound familiar?
The same is true for getting our heart, soul, and mind prepared for Easter. This time of preparation is called Lent and begins today on Ash Wednesday. This is the first day many people from something. It can be a food or drink such as candy or coffee, but it also could be a bad habit such as gossiping or complaining.
Lent is a time of reflection and self sacrifice. We deny ourselves or give something up to remind ourselves of what Jesus gave up for us. Ours is a small token compared to the suffering and torture endured by Jesus. Scripture tells us that when we fast it should be between us and God. We shouldn’t boast about it.
Lent is a time to draw close to God, to worship Him, and to repent of our wrongdoings. Like Spring it is a time of newness. We get rid of our dirt and cleanse ourselves with God’s help. Ask Him to help us have a clean heart. On Easter we celebrate our rebirth, our new selves. Hopefully our transformation will last.
I hope you have an amazing Lenten Season as you prepare yourself for Easter and the beautiful gift of salvation the Lord has for anyone that just asks. He is such a gracious, loving Father. If you don’t know Him, I urge you to contact a minister and find out more. He is so worth it.