Lent for a Tired Soul   3 comments

Coming from a non-liturgical religious upbringing, I didn’t even know about lent until well into my adult years.  As my whole life was lived in self sacrifice, I didn’t feel the need to dedicate one particular season to it, and once I started to heal from this self-flagellating outlook, I could not really practice sacrifice in any sort of healthy, spiritually beneficial way.  This is the first year I chose to give lent a whirl, looking for the kind of focus that would be a meaningful blessing to my soul.  For lent I decided to give up hurry and haste.

SLOW DOWN!

Driving was my first focus.  I have stopped trying to make yellow lights, I leave earlier for work, and I look for things along the road I have missed in the past in my rush to get somewhere… to actually find pleasure in the trip itself.  I have started to work on tasks at a more deliberate, even slow, pace.  I have given myself the right to accomplish things on a calmer schedule, or even to leave them undone…  to walk thoughtfully, absorbing the moment rather than focusing on the goal, destination, or end product. It requires a good deal of trust to depend less on myself, my efforts, and allow God to cover for me.  Giving myself permission to rest is a vital spiritual exercise, one of the oldest life principles in the book, the intentional counterpart to creative work (as the Genesis story of beginnings recounts).  My guess is that work is neither creative nor blessed (to ourselves as well as others) if it does not arise from a rested heart.  Life isn’t waiting for me at the destination. Life is what happens while getting there.

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Posted March 3, 2012 by janathangrace in Life, Personal, thoughts

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3 responses to “Lent for a Tired Soul

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  1. Beautiful! I needed that! You may be interested in an article in the current CT that expounds the “rest” concept. I like your theology of rest better than his!

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  3. I am new to the blogging world and I am so plsaeed to have found you!!! Please never stop writing It is great to know that I am not alone in this world. I love God and want to serve Him but I can’t help my tongue and emotions at times. Hilarious! Thanks for the spirit boost.

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