Lent – what to do

Today is Ash Wednesday.  Sadly, I’ve been too busy as of yet today to seriously consider what I would do with/for Lent this year.  Yeah, I could have planned ahead, but I didn’t.  Too late now to worry about what I could have done yesterday.

Inspired by Bryan Bellamy, I just removed my email accounts from my phone.  Email will have to wait until I am home or at the office.  It used to wait, it will wait again. I am too easily distracted by the ability to check my email anywhere I get a phone signal.  Until after Easter, I won’t do so anymore.

Bryan shared that he is going to live as simply as possible.  What other steps can/should I take during Lent?  The one I’m thinking about is that I so often try to do more than one thing at a time.  Type out a blog post, answer the phone, think about my next message; you know how it is.

So, as best as I can, I’m going to (for Lent) stop doing more than one thing at a time.  If someone is talking to me, I am going to listen, and only listen.  If I am trying to write or read, I won’t also have the television or music going.

And, just for good measure, I will make it a practice to always stop eating before I am full.

What are you doing/undoing for Lent?

Published by Steve Heyduck

I am a United Methodist pastor, currently appointed as Pastor of OvillaUnited Methodist Church in Ovilla, Texas. I am also the husband of Rachel and father of 3 - Robbie, Eliza, and Liam. I am an ardent nonconstantian and a postmodern Christian. (I am also happy to talk with you about what these things mean to me)

4 thoughts on “Lent – what to do

  1. I really like the idea of focusing on one thing at a time. I write this in between hopping over to another screen to check and respond to an email. It is a very admirable goal. In my own quest to live more simply I will have to try this as well. I have a feeling it will be more difficult than not shopping.

  2. Keeping silent (no speaking, texting, or any other form of linguistic-based communication) for extended periods of each day (tried in previous years to keep an entire day each week; that didn’t work). And, keeping a discipline of writing, both of a private prayer journal, and for blog/publication.

  3. I’m posting a daily devotional (short) for my MYF kids on myspace. If others find it and read it, all the better. The kids are going to help me follow through and make it all the way to Easter. It is their job. I told them that following through is my worst bad habit of lent.

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