Lent is the perfect season of the year for solitude and self-reflection. As we spiritually journey into the desert, Lent is a time to re-examine our boundary lines and get realigned, set in right relationship with God and the world around us. I would like to suggest a Lenten path to travel as the days grow longer and Easter approaches, the path of simplicity.
is not about poverty, or a renunciation of possessions, or a set of "dos"
or "don'ts." Rather,
simplicity is a spiritual discipline that re-orients one's life by deliberately
organizing it around a central purpose. Adhering to a focused center reduces
the fractured nature of our lives. Our priorities become aligned to the focus
of our lives, and the way we live out our simplicity in terms of our time,
energy, and money becomes a reflection of our inner beliefs. On the most basic
level, simplicity means being honest and sincere with ourselves about our faith
and what really matters most to us.
walk the path of simplicity we must believe that God calls us to it. Lent
invites us to journey in the way of Jesus by learning more about His way and
applying it in our lives.
coming days of Lent, allow Christ's light to shine more brightly in your life
and lead you into a path of simplicity that helps you re-orient your life
toward God in Christ.
Ann Hagmann in Alive Now Magazine, March/April 2002, published by The
Upper Room, Nashville, TN. Used with