i’m lenting right now.
i decided to participate in lent again. the past two years this season has brought about some well-needed spiritual growth so i figure i have to let it ride and see how deep i can go.
i’m not giving up food or booze or tv or chocolate or anything. instead, i’ve decide to spend more time meditating and praying, something i have always struggled with.
toughest obstacle so far: my forgetfulness.
i quickly forget that i’m meditating on a passage from scripture i’ve read purposefully for meditation. i forget that in the midst of all the activities of my life i can still pray and offer up my thankfulness.
i know why monks go live in monasteries now. it’s much easier to work through and focus on spiritual disciplines when there aren’t as many distractions around. no gadgets to text, tweet and check stats on. no movies, sitcoms, tv series and video games to visually consume.
and consume we do. more and more and more.
i really, really don’t want to be a consumer anymore. i’m underwhelmed by the consumer way of life. it doesn’t deliver. their lies are desperate actions to keep us distracted with things that don’t matter. if we get that car or the girl or the latest smart phone or the big house or the big job or (insert another lie), etc, etc, ad nauseum.. we will be happy, as if happiness is the pinnacle of our existence.
it’s not, no matter how many people and marketing campaigns try to tell us different. we were created for some thing much larger than to worship ourselves, which it becomes when we make our personal happiness the top of the mountain.
instead, let’s focus our attention outwards. let’s focus on the community and loving our neighbors. instead of ‘friending’ people on facebook and complaining that our neighbors aren’t more like us, let’s get out from behind the computer and engage our local community.
so here is to less online friendship and more of the real thing. here is to less complaining that our neighbor is this or that and loving them regardless. a good friend of mine used to always tell me she would rather ‘kill someone with kindness’ than get caught up in all the other externals that often just lead to our hearts becoming weighed down by anger, bitterness and unforgiveness.
i’m tired of being distracted by the things that don’t really matter. are you in the same boat?
if you feel like reading my journey through lent, check out my other blog here.