May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart, be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. – Psalm 19:14, NIV
Lent begins this Wednesday. Christians everywhere will be thinking about what they can give up for Lent. Many will make small sacrifices such as giving up soda. It is a good way to teach little children about sacrifice. But older children and adults might be better served by focusing on doing something instead of giving up something.
I challenge you during this time of preparation for Jesus’ death and resurrection, to focus on drawing closer to Him. Last Lent, I dedicated the 40 days to being more pleasing in God’s sight, as Psalm 19:14 states. I listened to only Christian music and hymns on the radio. When I channel surfed the television, I considered whether my selection would be pleasing to Him. On those counts, I must say I was pretty successful. The “words of my mouth” aren’t always so pleasing to the Lord. It’s one of my weaknesses. I have made great strides along these lines, but I am by no means perfect. When I stumble, I repeat Psalm 19:14 and it makes me want to try harder to please my Redeemer.
By reflecting on this verse and focusing on filling my life with wholesome entertainment for 40 days, I felt alive with His glory! I wish I could say I continued with this pattern thereafter. I didn’t. Why did I flow back into my routine? Because the devil is everywhere tempting us. What the devil doesn’t realize is that being filled with the glory of the Lord feels way better than the brief temptations thrown our way. It is my goal to revisit that feeling this Lenten season with the goal of keeping it going long after Easter.
Those who are with me in the challenge to draw nearer to Christ this Lenten season are welcome to comment below.
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