How long do you need?
Have you ever gotten stuck in traffic and become super frazzled and then gotten home and you shout at your kids and kick your dog?
Okay, maybe you didn’t kick the dog, but you get what I’m saying. You get frazzled by a day of work or the commute and then the next thing in your day is negatively impacted because of it.
One of the ways to remedy that natural occurrence is to build a transition into your schedule where you can finish the one thing, then have a moment to refocus and recenter and only then move into the next part of your day. So, using the commute home example, after having a bad drive home, rather than pulling into the garage and walking right into the house, park in the driveway and take a walk around the block before walking in the door of your home. Use that time to pray, decompress, and prepare yourself for an entrance into the home with a smile and the stress of the commute behind you.
What happens if you have a bad 20 months piled on top of each other? How much time do you need to transition to the next season of your life without the previous stresses impacting that season negatively?
It’s a good question. Most of us have had a painfully long and difficult season with lots of different stresses heaped upon us. We’ve had grief and loss, disruption of routines, endured cultural chaos, and now our personal finances are being squeezed by inflation. It’s a lot! It shouldn’t be too surprising that we are feeling a little frazzled and that this is going to have an impact on our tomorrow.
I have a suggestion. I think you need at least 40 days to ready yourself for a fresh season.
Easter is 44 days from today (the day this article posts). To be exact, Easter is April 17th. Easter is a season of hope. It’s a season of new life. It’s a season of celebration. But after all, we have been through, I think we need to take some time to “walk around the block” before we march into Easter hurried, tired, and discouraged. The “walk around the block” that I’m referring to is what Lent is all about.
Lent is to Easter what Advent is to Christmas. It’s a season of preparing ourselves for the celebration of Easter. Traditionally, Lent is a time for prayer and fasting. It starts with Ash Wednesday with a time of confession and repentance. Throughout the season of Lent, followers of Jesus will often fast from something, food, or an activity. The “sacrifice” serves as a reminder of what Jesus endured for us when He went to the cross. One of the goals of giving something up is that the time would be replaced with prayer.
I don’t know about you, but I am feeling the need to participate in Lent this year. I need a “reset” of sorts. Will you join me? It doesn’t matter if you missed Ash Wednesday, prayerfully consider joining me for a time of fasting and prayer so that we can enter into the Holy season of Easter with a proper focus on the One who gave His All to allow us to be a part of His family and experience the forgiveness of sins.
Join me this Sunday at Believers for the continuation of our series “What in the World!”
P.S. Let me know if YOU plan to observe Lent this year. I would be honored to pray with you as we approach Easter.