Wednesday will get here irregardless of my level of preparedness. Lent is my favorite liturgical season, perhaps because it coincides with my favorite season season: Spring. Lent plays into my natural penchant for taking my own righteousness too seriously. The springing of Spring is a natural counter-balance–helping me to lighten up. Moreover, Lent always sets me up for an additional level of sinning. I used to try to give up TV for Lent…right when March Madness heats up. I’m not even really that into basketball. But I go from cold turkey no-TV for a few days to 12 hours/day for 4 days straight. “When I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand.”
John Meunier is considering Living as a Methodist for 40 Days. Given that making an effort seems to be mandatory for the Christian, I better get cracking if I’m gonna be on time.
So, here is this year’s Lenten disciplines plan:
- Drive the speed limit at all times.
- Read 1 & 2 Samuel (story of David)
- Read Bonhoeffer.
- Write 1 poem/week.
- Learn a new song on guitar every week of Lent.
- Something only between God and me.
- Eat 5 fruits & vegetables a day
- Home visit all parishioners on the charge
- Fast Lunch on Tuesdays (pray instead)
- No French Fries or Pizza
- Blog adherence to disciplines everyday
Last year I kept a scorecard with a daily disciplines score and weekly averages. It was a bit tedious and played right into a weakness of mine: administration. I did well for 20 days…but that meant 20 days in which I did not well. I’d like to do well this year.
Come to think of it, I’m not really sure what I hope to accomplish with these disciplines. I guess I’d like to be closer to God. But most of the time, I just want to get through the day relatively unscathed in my ego and my pride. I guess I want these disciplines to strengthen my endurance for the work of pastoral care, give me clarity for God’s will in my life and help me recognize God’s grace.