How to Go Deeper this Lent

February 20, 2020

Go Deeper Lent

 

“Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.” – United Methodist Book of Worship

How can you get the most out of Lent? Here are six helpful tips.

  1. Read the Seedbed Daily Text or another devotional guide. If I am traveling and can’t find my Bible or if I get into a rut, my go to devotional is the Seedbed Daily Text. It is a short scripture based devotion. During lent find a way each day to get in touch with the scriptures.
  2. Read through a Gospel. If you want something different from a devotion you should read through a Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) in a Bible. I know reading the Bible can be a challenge. I have a whole podcast on it. A great place to start is with a Gospel. Read half a chapter a day and see how far you can get before Easter.
  3. Spend some time in prayer. One of the best things we can do is stop and pray. I challenged my church to set a phone alarm for 12:12p.m. Each day when it goes off just stop and say a quick prayer to God. I am amazed at the difference it has made in my life.
  4. Listen to some spiritual music. Listening to Christian music is a lot easier than it used to be. I remember buying my first Third Day CD at the Cordele, GA Wal-Mart. Now you can listen on your phone for free (with commercials). I use the Pandora app. I have stations that play hymns, contemporary Christian music, and instrumental Christian music. Even if it is just playing in the background it makes a difference.
  5. Come to Church. No really, come to church. Come check out an Ash Wednesday service, especially if you have never been. It is one of the most meaningful moments of the Christian year. Also, check out Sunday worship at a local church during lent.
  6. Develop a long range view of spiritual formation. One of the challenges with “to do” lists like this is we think, “if I check off everything I will arrive at some perfect level.” These actually are not quick fixes as much as they are about developing spiritual formation habits for the rest of your life. Check out this 3 minute video by Dr. Brian Russell about playing the long game with spiritual formation.

Bonus tip: Let these practices guide you into serving/loving others. My hope is these inner personal habits will lead you to an outward service of loving your neighbor!

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