1 Corinthians 9:25 (NKJV) And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
Today marks the beginning of Lent.
Whether your faith tradition formally observes Lent or not, scheduling seasons of intense prayer and fasting is a great way to “shock to the system!”
It is easy to become so caught up in the daily stuff of life that our passion for God leaks and we can become mostly nominal Christians (in name only)–just going through the motions–mouthing the right phrases and mimicking the right actions but finding little joy and fulfillment in our faith.
Seasons like Lent can be like an icy shower that jerks us back into the real world—and that’s a good thing.
So whether your church formally observes Lent or not, I encourage you to do something out of the ordinary over the next 40-days to remind you of the importance of your faith and your relationship with God.
April 21 is Easter ’19–the high holy day of the Christian faith. Make it your goal to get up on that Sunday a far different person than you are today.
The ONE THING for today: You will never drift into a truly meaningful, productive, and God-honoring life. “Shocking the system” is a way of reminding yourself of this.