Any good football coach will tell you that champions are made during the off season — fourth quarter class and spring practice.
To a large extent Lent is the spring practice for all of us who want to develop a spiritual discipline that will carry us through the year.
Whatever happened last year — a losing season or a championship — spring and Lent is the time we improve and develop our skills.
If we practice a discipline of prayer, sacrifice, meditation, and service for the next forty days, those habits will stay with you throughout the year.
You will feel and miss your spiritual discipline during the year if you have made it a routine during Lent.
So fasten your chin strap and put on you game face and find that time of day that works for you that most easily allows you stay with it and observe where a spiritual discipline takes you.
You just might be in for the experience of your life.
PS: Shrove Tuesday is one of my favorite days of the year. It reminds me of a the night before a marathon where one loads up on carbs and relaxes. Enjoy your favorite tradition today whether it be pancakes, sausage, and grits, or chili and tamales. Or better yet start your own family tradition. Write me what your family does on shrove Tuesday. W.