Lent is engaging me this year.
I began preaching a sermon on Lent the first Sunday of this Christian calendar season. The sermon was a beginning – encouraging us to get invested in a Lenten project.
I personally said that I give up worrying. Sounds like a high goal. Abstract. My wife chose a goal where she could write on a list each day whether she had accomplished something.
At first I brushed off whether there was a way to achieve my goal. The idea was good, and over the years I have seen how worry has taken over my life. With the great stressors of these past years, I could predict that anxiety would increase.
Yesterday my wife asked me how I was doing with my Lent goal. I stopped to consider. I had actually set aside a particular worry in the past few days. I had done so, in part, because I had determined to do so – at least at the back of my mind. With that prompting, I have now moved my intentionality further forward. I am consciously asking myself how worry is being set aside in my life!
A little prompting can go a long way!