We are in the middle of Lent for the 2015 year. Personally I do not observe Lent in the traditional sense. First, there is nothing wrong with Lent in its premise. I do think that many people observe it simply because it is tradition and not because of its intention.
We all need to have time of reflection and spiritual cleansing but it cannot be something that is just going through the motions. I have been guilty of going through the motions as I am sure we all have. It is so easy to just “put in our time” and call it a day when it comes to the things of God. Devotions, check. Prayers, check. Good deed, check. All done for the day.
But that is not the life we are called to live. We are to continually die to self and live for Christ in all that we do. This is something to strive for and I am sure you will find that it is more difficult than you might think. We live in a fallen world and that will not change until Christ returns.
I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul, “The thing I wish to not do, I do, and the things I want to do I do not do.” How true is this for all of us? The Christian life is not one of glamour, it is not easy, it is hard work. It is continually dying to self and honoring Christ.
So while I don’t observe Lent per say, I do recognize the need for a time of reflection, meditation, and prayer.