Promises of Lent and the Chocolate Bunny

by Diane Sweeney on March 5, 2014

Chocolate_bunniesToday is the first day of Lent.

Recognized by Christians throughout the world as the 40 days leading up the celebration of Easter and a time for prayer, fasting and alms-giving, it is also one of my favorite times of the year. 

There is nothing like a set time frame, a directive from God and a reward of a chocolate bunny to set me on the path of goodness and self-control. 

When we choose to give up, do more, forgive, forget, and do it all for the promise of eternity in heaven, it all seems to make sense and it becomes easier to do. 

We get excited by the challenge of the journey. 

So as practicing Catholics and Christians, why do we think God listens more during these 40 days than the other 325 of the year? 

Why can we exercise better habits of self discipline and focus on what is most important to move our spiritual, physical and emotional life forward during the final days of winter? 

Rest assured, for most, it’s not because of the chocolate bunny. 

For me, it is above all, to show my love for God and in recognition of the sacrifice Jesus made in dying on the cross. And for every other person who ever sacrificed his life for the love of God, nation or family. 

Starting way before Jesus, they have all allowed us to be free to make choices about who we love, where we worship, the work we do and the life we live. 

It is also about the promise of Spring. 

New Life. 

And the thought that maybe we CAN approach life differently, better, more focused and keep it going way beyond the 40 days and the celebration of Easter. 

Practicing discipline, focus and forgiveness gives us ….. HOPE! 

Whether you practice and follow the Christian season of Lent or not, why not set the next 40 days aside to do the one thing you haven’t been able to do since you set your resolution on it at the start of the year or maybe you’ve not been able to move forward on it for many years. 

  • Take the one thing out of your diet that you know that is not good for you.
  • Call the relative you’ve not spoken to in months and begin the healing process.
  • Spend time journaling and meditating about what your life is going to look like a year from now – new business, new home, whatever it is that is going to take you and your family to the next step.
  • Resolve to change your mindset to positive thoughts every time a negative one seeps in.
  • Practice an act of kindness each day.

It’s only 40 days – at the end there is the reward of having your heart be moved by what you have accomplished, the hope that it will continue into the future, and depending on your beliefs….. (my favorite) the promise of being closer to eternity in heaven. 

And if you share your journey with me – I’ll even send you a chocolate bunny! 

Write me at diane@getfocusedonliving.com to tell me your Lenten promises. I’ll be happy to journey with you through these 40 days! 

Or leave your comment below!

 

To your best, 

Diane

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