Lent Day 1

Yesterday was the first day of Lent. In case you're not very familiar with Lent, it's the time in the "Christian Year" between Ash Wednesday and Easter.

To be honest, I'm not from a church background that celebrates Lent. The reason some don't is because you won't find the exact concept in the Bible-- the word "lent" is never used. I learned about it in college and started observing it then. I don't feel that it's a Biblical mandate to observe it; no one is sinning by not observing it, but I feel it helps me prepare for Easter. I'm more aware of Jesus' sacrifice and it makes the celebration of Resurrection even more heightened.

Traditionally, people give up, or fast, from something during Lent. This year I chose to give up complaining. Definitely a tough one, but worth it. It's not just because it's a good thing to weed out of my life, but it's also something I'll have to be constantly aware of. I know I won't be perfect at it, but that's not what it's about...it's about the sacrifice.

Yesterday I consciously stopped myself from complaining at least once and I don't remember complaining other times. How my workday goes will make a big difference in how easy or hard it is each day. I'd call yesterday relatively successful.

I looked at Philippians 2 last night about this. I remember as a child my best friend's mom quoting Philippians 2:14 to us, "do all things without arguing or complaining". But Philippians 2 isn't just for children. Here's the jist of the chapter. Please go read the whole thing!

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus...Do everything without grumbling or arguing...Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky"

Not much room for complaining in the Christian walk, is there? I want to shine among those who don't know Christ. I want others to look at me and see Jesus, to know me and know that something is different...I want that "something" to be the Holy Spirit. This lent is my move toward having an attitude like Jesus'.

In other, utterly unrelated news, I burned my mouth worse than I ever have on a pizza roll last night. I guess my skill at not complaining is being tested, because I sure do want to whine about this!
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