Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday.

Today is Ash Wednesday-

The beginning the somber 40 days before Easter (not counting Sundays, which in themselves are 'celebration' days)
but during the next 40 days we are to grow closer to God and we are to focus on God more.

I know many people give up food during lent- sugars, carbs, alcohol, caffiene, sodas... and the list goes on.

In my mind, the way I was taught Lent is a time to do away with something that is hindering you to get closer to God. - Something that is taking up time that we should be spending with God. When for 40 days we get rid of that barrier that is in our way to getting closer to God, we are able to really connect with God.
This doenst mean to give up work, homework, or necessary duties - but to give up something that tempts you to not get closer with God.
(make sense?)

I guess there are people out there who allow food, and such to really get in their way of spending time with God... but I really just don't see how these things in life could really get in your way of getting closer to God ....
I'm all for diets and eating healthier and exercising more- but just gets to me that people think that just because they can resist chocolate, soft drinks or checking up on facebook for 40 days will get them closer with God.  In my mind instead of pigging out on junk, then spend that time praying and time with God. Don't fill that time not getting closer with God... (make sense?)
what is it in your life that you are allowing to be in your way from getting closer with God?

What are you giving up this Lenten season?