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March 22, 2011

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Cody

Great post, definitely relatable. Laziness seems to take hold in my life when it comes to prioritizing, often allowing time with God to slip through the cracks of my hustle and bustle life. I could absolutely schedule God in, however, laziness, not busy-ness, prevents me from doing so. I think we easily get caught up in that delusion; that being too busy is an excuse to ignore God.

DS3

Hey Cody,
Personally, it is the busy seasons that keep me on my knees and connected to my Creator the most. I think it is part of my wiring and personality. And yes, I do need (and take) times of solitude, rest and sabbath as it is essential. But meeting God in the middle of the storm is just as important as meeting Him in the middle of desert. Lent is so helpful for people like me as it helps me identify both my lazy spirituality as well as my the places I work in my own strength. Thanks for commenting.

D

Tom B

I actually find this post a bit confusing. The only time I've ever observed Lent was when I lived in the Amsterdam OZ100 community, where it is a part of the religious calendar they observe. But I grew up in traditions that don't observe this part of the religious calendar so I've never observed it on my own.

After all, that's what it is, a tradition. You won't find Lent in the New Testament. Of course I understand the purposes behind it and I think they are very good, but Christians are exhorted in the NT to give things up to follow Jesus all the time. It's there in just about every book. Paul didn't tell us to 'run the race' for four weeks in spring.

The point is that I think that observing Lent is great, but the statement that if you don't observe it you're going to be 'left in the dust' is a little strong. Do we need to be willing to sacrifice for Christ? Absolutely. Do we need to observe Lent to do it? No.

But perhaps I misunderstand what you're trying to say Derrick.

DS3

Hey Tom,
I appreciate your comment. (And sorry for the delay in publishing it...somehow typepad did not notify me this time that it was here.) you are correct...the need to follow Jesus and all the disciplines that come with that is not an exclusively 40-day thing. I would argue though, that universally, we human beings do a lot better with established seasons of discipline. I do not observe Lent because it is biblical, I observe it because it is helpful to spiritual formation. (Even though there are several examples in the scriptures of 40 day observances...Moses, Elijah, and Jesus to be sure).

I do take issue with observance for the sake of observance. (You know I love OZ100). And on this point, I think you and I are in agreement.

Finally, a little strong? Maybe. So let me pose this question for you. How do you engage the discipline of sacrifice and abstinence, given the biblical examples and possibly the tradition? How does this work in your life and spiritual growth as a Christ-follower?

Thanks Tom...really appreciate your point of view.

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