As we start our annual journey through Lent let us be strengthened by the love of God. He desires us to make this journey with His Son, both as remembrance of why He was sent to earth and to make us grow as Christians.
Hopefully you will use this 40 day period to pinpoint an area where you can grow and improve. Pray to God to find that flaw and give you ideas on how to decrease that vice by strengthening the opposing virtue. Spending more time in prayer and listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit will give tremendous direction.
We all know our downfalls and tendencies. God knows them too and forgives us when we ask. He knows we will falter time and time again but still loves us with unending Fatherly love since He created us to be the person we are. What we view as our shortcomings may sometimes be what sets us apart and makes us unique, and could be what He loves most about us.
In preparing for the Lenten season I got out my devotional books I have accumulated over the years and decided which ones I will use this time to guide my reflections. Inside my favorite one was a list of resolutions from previous seasons. Many of the same efforts on the list I have purposely repeated year after year to become a more prayerful, introspective Christian. Yet looking over this list I was pleased to realize that some of these resolutions have now become daily habits. That was encouraging and exciting to me. It also gave me hope that what I am now struggling to overcome this Lent may hopefully become a new virtuous habit that can last long after Easter to improve my relationships.
May you too have the determination and hope to bring about change through your prayer and steadfast efforts this Lent!