I don’t know about you but Lent is one of those seasons that I both love and hate. I love it because it gives me a chance to deepen my spiritual disciplines and provides space and time for me to take risks in my spiritual journey. I hate it because I don’t like failure; I don’t like messing up, and I really don’t like for others to know that I’ve messed up. Anyone else like that?
Lent is a season of preparation where we fortify our hearts for the pain of Holy Week and prepare our lives for the joy and power of the resurrection.
My struggle with not wanting to fail often keeps me from taking risks in my growth around spiritual disciplines or being public with success and failures.
I was at a continuing education event a few weeks ago when I heard a quote from Mary Oliver that really stuck with me – “Things take the time they take. Don’t worry. How many roads did St. Augustine follow before he became St. Augustine?” I don’t know how much you know about St. Augustine but he is someone who failed (a lot), messed up (a lot), and wasn’t afraid to let others know about it (check out his book Confessions).
Too often I get frustrated when I’m not growing at a rate that I would like or if my prayer life has ups or downs. If that’s you as well, keep your eyes on Christ and your feet on the journey towards Him. If we keep walking the journey I know and believe that the Holy Spirit will continue to transform us into the image of Christ no matter how many times we fail or mess up and no matter how many people know about it.
My hope and prayer for all of us this Lent is that we will let things take the time that they take, and that we will seek to grow in grace and love as we model our hearts and lives after Jesus.
In Christ, Will
Published on Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 3:13 PM EDT