So I wrote my plan of action on March 5 for lent. It has been a struggle to make sure I am doing exactly what I said I was going to do. I have decided to share this plan with all of my readers.
All morning I have been reading on a better understanding of Lent. I learned this is a time when many people prepare for Easter through spiritual discipline, fasting, repentance and moderation. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ.
I came across a very interesting article by Rev. Daniel Benedict while gaining a better understanding of Lent. The article really touched base with me on some personal and inner things I must overcome.
I have learned not only can I give up on a few things but I can also take on other things as well.
During this time I am aiming with strength to prepare my heart for a clean place. I want to connect my worship and daily growth in spiritual, relational, emotional, and bodily fitness.
Inward and Personal Disciplines
___ Spend time in solitude each day.
___ Read a book for inner growth.
___ Read twice through the Gospel of the lectionary cycle you are in. (Matthew in 2002, 2005, 2008; Mark in 2003, 2006, 2009; Luke in 2004, 2007, 2010)
___ Begin to keep a journal of prayer concerns, questions, reading.
___ Focus on thanksgiving, rather than on asking, in prayer.
___ Give myself a gift of three hours to do something I always say I don’t have time to do.
___ Find a way to go to bed earlier or sleep in so I get enough rest.
___ Make a list of people with whom I need to be reconciled. Pray for them and let Jesus guide me in my thinking and feeling toward them.
___ Take control of my life by taking action to get to where I want to be
___ Take one hour to inventory my priorities and plan how I will reorder them.
___ Give up a grudge or a rehearsal of a past event.
___ Forgive someone who has hurt me.
___ Dance my prayers to a favorite tape or CD.
___ Other promptings:
Outward and Social Disciplines
___ Take on some loving task:
___ Plan to visit a “shut-in” neighbor or church member weekly.
___ Write a letter of affirmation once a week to a person who has touched my life.
___ Listen and respond to Christ’s call to a ministry of service:
___ Go to coffee or dinner with someone I want to know better.
___ Say “NO” to something that is a waste of money and time.
___ Rebuke the spirit of criticism and my own tongue out of control.
Other outward and social promptings:
As a way of being accountable, I will
___ Share my plan with at least one other person and share with that person my experience of Lent during Holy Week.
(signed) Qualashan Hemingway
Keep this for reference during the coming weeks.