Seasonal Reflections

Rediscovering the Purpose of Lent

What is the real Purpose of Lent? Why do we have this season anyway?

Why all the focus on “sacrifice”? Why do we fast? How do we decide what to “give up” or what to do? Why make resolutions anyway?

It is true that Lent encourages us to make sacrifices, to “die to ourselves” like Christ, to give more, to work harder, to move outside our comfort zone but if that’s all we see, or if we think that we do those things as ends in themselves, we are sorely mistaken. In fact, misunderstanding the purpose of Lent is the #1 reason so many people resent Lent AND why they are making all the wrong resolutions.

Let’s reverse this epidemic.

Seasonal Reflections

When Your Lent Feels Like a Desert…

Do you dislike Lent? Does it feel like a season for annoying rules and complaining? Do your good intentions feel somehow unappreciated or worthless? Does your extra prayer or acts of service seem empty, aimless or uncertain?

Hatred for Lent seems to be an epidemic…. I’ve never met anybody who liked it, so I started to think maybe I was crazy (Because I LOVE Lent). But, a couple years ago in prayer He gave me this revelation that changed everything!

Discernment, Seasonal Reflections

How to make Good Lenten Resolutions

How can you be sure that your Lenten resolutions this year have you on the right track? Will you be able to accomplish them?

How do you gauge if you had a “good” Lent? What is necessary to “have a good Lent”?

So, many questions, one simple answer.

Christian Goal Setting, Personal Growth, When life is Hard

Why God Permits me to Fail at my Goals – and How to Leverage It!

I guess experience makes me qualified to write about failure.

From where I sit, when I look at the grand scheme of all my plans, by all outward appearance at this moment in my life, I am one. I’ve worked for many years to learn all the S.M.A.R.T. things and do all the big tasks. I’ve figured out all the bullet points and all the check boxes. I’ve invented all the systems and implemented all the rewards. I’ve tapped into all the neural retraining and the capturing and replacing of thoughts and gone on and on about types of motivation… and, yet,

Personal Growth, Prioritizing your life

When Goals Steal your Peace…

Goals are supposed to be a tool to help us align our actions with our priorities and make us make progress towards what matters to us. Sounds good right?

Well, then why do we so often fail at our goals?

Or better yet, when we succeed at them, why do they leave us dissatisfied?

If you are a type A Christian who wants to “do everything right” and yet goal setting seems to be causing more harm than good, then you are my people.

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