God is so good, y’all. He works in the most mysterious, most amazing ways. He’ll never leave something broken without replacing it with something better. He’ll never leave you alone. He will never abandon you. (In fact, it’s usually us that try to do the abandoning and running…)
I attended mass last night for Ash Wednesday with two great friends, and that was so special. Fact: church is one of my favorite places to go with friends. Call me crazy, but it’s all with good reason. After mass, we went to “spirit night” (the Catholic student union youth group night), which is always uplifting.
In talking about Lent, the topic always turns to, “what are you giving up for Lent?” Since I’ve come to understand the true meanings of Lent, this question has bugged me every time I hear it.
It’s not just about giving up candy for 40 days, or not watching TV. It’s about the why. Why are you doing it?
The speaker last night posed this question: “Who do you want to be at the end of Lent?”
Who do you want to be?
Lent is a period of 40 days. Studies show that it only takes 30 days or so to break a habit or create a new one, so there’s plenty of time here for either.
So, who do you want to be?
I’m still figuring out exactly what it is that I’ll be doing for Lent, but I know that there will be a why behind it.
After spirit night, I spent some time talking with my new friend Tori (creator of thefreckledprep.wordpress.com) about Lent and who we want to be. (Never have I ever met someone who is so similar to me, it’s crazy. But again, God works in wonderful ways, and he’s definitely working through this lovely lady.)
We have similar outlooks on life and faith, and similar aspirations for where we want to take ourselves, in school, work, and our blogs. We’re both just two college girls with passions for working hard and sharing God’s grace.
We’ve already been collaborating a little for our Instagrams, and we have some brand new ideas hatching.
From the ashes, I feel a fire igniting.
I’m so excited to grow with her in faith and friendship, as well as working our blogs and social platforms. I’ve got a feeling that God’s got a plan to work through us, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.
So, I pose the question to you, who do you want to be 40 days from now?
Do you want to be more loving? More grateful? More fearless?
It’s a tough one.
My challenge to you (and myself) this Lent is just to be open.
Be open with yourself and your thoughts, and with your friends and family.
Be open to prayer, and to God and his gracious power in your life.
Be open to possibilities, and be open to change.
Be open to being uncomfortable, because that’s where true growth happens.
Be open for forty days. I know you won’t be disappointed.
P.S. If you don’t know where to start, try taking 10-15 minutes to be quiet with your thoughts in prayer or journaling, or listen to some worship music to get you in the mood. No lie, I’ve been listening to this song on repeat.
Thanks for reading, happy Lent!!