That’s right, pancakes and Gumbo in a week, and then it’s forty days of sacrifice, discipline, worship, prayer, and meditation. This year as you consider giving up chocolates, diet cokes, or oatmeal raisin cookies for forty days, consider that your Lenten discipline involves not just the body, but your mind and spirit as well. The Hubbell Pew began years ago as a way to engage my spirit and mind during the Lenten season. I’m a huge proponent of the belief that in addition to giving something up you should take something on as well.
In that vein, we consider the Lenten season as a time for introspection, soul-searching, and self-improvement and renewal. But, to what end? If the only results of our Lenten discipline is improving ourselves that’s fine and good, but God and our heart call us beyond self. Injustice, poverty, hatred and cruelty, live on the outside, and their victims need our hearts to expand beyond ourselves.
So, as you consider your discipline remember your mind and spirit, and ask yourself where is your heart needed by God.
PS: Thank you for reading the Pew! My soon to be released novel, When Men Betray,is available for preorder at this link.