I had a brilliant idea this year- one that would make Lent more meaningful for my whole family. There are no words to describe my excitement as I planned to pitch this idea to my unsuspecting loved ones. So, at dinner last week, I presented the Lenten plan- we would, together as a family, choose a sacrifice and carry it out. And throughout Lent, we would share our experiences and therefore, grow closer to each other and the Lord. I know, it’s a pretty awesome idea! Or at least that is what I thought… While both my teenage son and little son gave me that “Seriously, Mom?” look, my husband stammered out “Well, honey that sounds like….fun?” I pushed through their less-than-excited reactions and started with some suggestions- candy? Soda? And then the conversation quickly digressed. As the other males were throwing around ideas like broccoli and homework, my little son brightens up and says, “I know, let’s give up church! Then we would have more time to play!” Yep, <insert face palm here> we have a lot of work to do this year with Lenten Catechesis. However, this little five-year-old has a point. He is making an astute observation about how we manage our time. In his own way, he is saying he wants more time to just be five.
As our culture marches forward in this post-modern age, we do so busier than ever. I don’t know about you, but my time seems to be spent before I even have a chance to possess it. My schedule sweeps me into motion like a rain swollen river, taking me on a wild ride until my head is finally deposited on the pillow at the end of the day. And when I look back at my ever so busy day, I wonder when I will ever really have time to just be. Time is ever so precious and we are starved for more of it.
So, I have to admit, when these special seasons in the Church roll around, I get a little anxious. How much busier will I be? How much more time do I need to commit to make the season meaningful for myself and my family? Is it even possible to find more time between the soccer and baseball practices, dance and gymnastics classes, band and academic competitions? How will I fit it in?
As we approach this season of Lent, we also need to remember that time is not something we are guaranteed to possess. But, time is a gift from God. And like all the blessings he bestows on us, we are called to give in return. Lent is the season when we are called to seek God out. We are called to know him more fully and more completely. We are called to sacrifice so that we can walk closer with Christ and know God on a deeper level. So, instead of chocolate or Dr. Pepper, why don’t we sacrifice some of the busyness of our lives? Let’s give up a favorite activity, and then use the time we gain for the glory of God. Let’s make time for God during Lent.
Copyright 2013 Lori Miller