‘Tis one of the seasons anyway. Or in Texas we’ve experienced at least two seasons in one week. It’s either a beautiful Spring day or it’s a blustery Winter day, but this post is not about any of that. It’s about Lent! I know you’re excited.
I was raised Catholic… kind of. We moved to England when I was 6, so from the time I was 6 until we moved back to the US, I was raised as a Catholic. Anyway, lets talk about Lent. It’s is all about fasting, abstaining, and penitence in remembrance of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. Today is Ash Wednesday, so today is the day you decide what you will let go of for forty week days.
People give up lots of things in order to commemorate Jesus’ time in the wilderness. They give up alcohol, sweets, soft drinks, maybe even smoking. I’ve been tracking the lists of what has been given up among those I know, and it seems as if most people give up their vices or bad habits. Things they use for comfort or things they feel must have.
I haven’t really participated in Lent these past few years and that’s bad. I have no excuse that I can actually type out without backspacing it away. In other words, I’ve got nothing. That being said, I’m participating in Lent this year. I’ve decided to give something up that will probably be the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to let go of, yet the one thing that will be the most beneficial to my relationship with God, and also my overall health.
I am giving up stress.
Now I know most would sit back and think “Ah, I see what she’s doing,” and then call foul on me. Before you do this, I want you to really think about stress, what it is, and what causes it. Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances (thank you Google definitions). The synonyms for stress are as follows: worry, anxiety, trouble, difficulty. I don’t know about you, but I personally experience these adverse emotions when I feel I am unable to control my life circumstances.
As we all know, God wants us to come to Him with our problems.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under Gods mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7. Cast all of your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.
I could continue to post Bible verse after verse here, but I won’t. You’re welcome.
How many of us truly hand our worries over to Jesus, with the ultimate confidence that He will help us conquer our battles? No stress, no worry? If you can say “Me,” that’s awesome. I cannot say that.
Stress is an ugly monster. It can rear its head in awful ways. It will eat away at your body. It will tear your soul into pieces. Stress is the Devil, and there are no sheep’s clothes to disguise it. Yet we accept it, in all of its ugliness, as a part of life. We have vices to help keep it at bay, like liquor, drugs (prescription or otherwise), sweets. These are the vices we are ready to give up, yet we can’t give up what more than likely led us to them in the first place.
I am giving up stress and all of its synonyms for at least forty days. I am giving up control, and I am handing it to God. Now, this doesn’t mean I’m going to sit on top of my house while the flood waters rise, letting each sign of Gods’ help pass me by, such as rescuers on boats. You know that parable, right?
So lets see how this goes! I will attempt to post something daily as far as what I am doing to try to honor my forty days without stress. I have a Facebook Page, World on a Cheeseburger… I’ll for sure post things on that.
Whether you acknowledge Lent or not, what can you let go of for at least forty days?