I am feeling so incredibly positive the last few days. I’m seeing the silver lining in everything, and I’m really excited for everything that’s coming up in the near and the distant future.
For the first time in a very long time, I can actually say that some of this is thanks to the church. As I’ve said before, I am not a very religious person. Growing up, I went to church every Sunday, but that faded out as I got older and things happened in my family. This past year, I had a really hard time with the whole “God only gives you as much as you can handle” thing. I didn’t feel like I could handle what was going on in my life.. every time I started to feel truly happy, something else would happen to bring me down. I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason, but the events of this past year were starting to push it. I’m finally understanding why things happened the way they did. And ya know what? I could handle all of it. I DID handle all of it.
Anyway, tonight, the priest said that Lent is not about the past, it’s about the future. It’s about introspection and making yourself a better person. This is something we can ALL benefit from. The priest emphasized that while we do this for 40 days in an effort to follow Jesus’ example, the goal is to make these new practices a more permanent part of our lives once Lent is over.
I apologize for a post that discusses religion, but (if you can’t tell) Lent is making more sense to me this year than it ever has before. While Lent is a time for sacrifice, I see now how it can be such a beneficial period. I’m kinda looking forward to seeing how far I’ve come on Easter.
Thanks for listening!