- It is difficult to keep a discipline for 40 days.
- Discipline doesn't just happen. It takes discipline :)
- Clearly defined goals and desired outcomes are a part of discipline.
So I have found some reflective questions to help with my sense of direction. Maybe they will be helpful for you as well. *
5 Questions to Ask Yourself:
1. When I wake up on Resurrection Sunday morning, how will I be different? What am I preparing for?
2. Is there a habit or sin in my life that repeatedly gets in the way of loving God with my whole heart or loving my neighbor as myself? How do I address that issue over the next 40 days?
3. What are some things in my life that I tell myself I need but I don’t? Can I give one or two of them up for 40 days?
4. Is there a spiritual discipline that I’ve always wanted to try? How might I alter my daily routine to include one of these disciplines? And how can I engage all my senses—sight, sound, taste, smell, touch—as I practice them?
5. How do I want Lent 2014 to affect not only the next 40 days but also the next 40 years?
These are good questions and I encourage all of us to think about them and come up with a route for this journey.
My "plan" for Lent includes:
- Rise early and be quiet with the book of John. Listen for God's voice during this time. Pray. Draw near to Him. Worship. Give thanks.
- Live each day God-centered, thinking of him often and remembering the gospel.
- Offer one blog each day...some meditative, some light, some reflective, some prayerful
- Initiate gathering for meaningful conversation.
- I especially want to reflect on #1 of the five questions above. I'll let you know what I come to. Do you have an answer for that one?
By the way, Happy St Patrick's Day. I hope it was a cheerful day, full of abundant lightheartedness.