I have been cleaning out files on my computer. It is amazing to me how fast files and folders — designed to make life more efficient — can become unruly! I’m certain I had a plan when I set up a given file structure. I had a purpose and an understanding of how that structure would work and benefit me moving forward. But somewhere along the line I forgot what I had done, and I started a new folder with a different file system in another place that made sense in that moment! Consequently, as I’m working my way through the cleanup process this morning, I’m discovering that there are four locations of folders that should be in one place, and sometimes multiple copies of the files in each of those areas!
I think I’m getting a handle on it and I’ll probably have a much cleaner structure soon ─ at least for a while!
As I’m doing this work, I’m also thinking about the worship service tonight that begins the season of Lent. Through the years I have engaged a number of different practices during the Lenten season. Sometime I have removed things from my life to allow a deeper focus on God. Other times I’ve added things with the goal of enabling a richer connection during these weeks. Lent is a time for sorting. It is a time for evaluating where we are, and what in our lives has gotten perhaps a bit unruly and needs cleaning up. It may be that as we take stock, we will discover that we need to become more involved. Maybe we will find that our level of commitment to our faith and path of discipleship needs to be enhanced by activity. Maybe we’ll discover that our life is filled with too many activities, even at church, and what we need to do is create some space for God to speak.
Whatever it is that you sense God calling you to this Lenten season, I pray that you will choose to follow and discover the richness and renewal God longs to give. May God bless all of us as we give ourselves to this year’s Lenten journey.