"Preach the gospel at all times, if necessary use words." - St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, February 21, 2010

First Five Days of Lent

Wow! When I made the decision to give up Facebook and other non-essential computer activities (games, mindless surfing, etc.) for the Lenten season, I never imagined what a difference the first few days would make. It's now been only five days and I've had an almost hourly struggle that is showing me what a true addict I am, plus how much more these technology gods perhaps mean to me that the one true Jehovah God.
I have spent more time reading good, sound Christian authors speaking about walking with God and how to grow in your own spirituality. I've begun to write more and my mind has begun to clear itself and leave room for me to hear God's direction in my writings. In church today, I realized all of a sudden that I was profoundly in tune to worship - music, preaching, fellowship....worshipping. It was an awesome realization. For those of you who "work" for the church (me as a musician), you realize that many times Sunday services become just another day of work. We can get buried in the details and leave out the reason we are there in the first place. Based on these first five days of my Lent project, I can safely say that I am REALLY looking forward to where this leads me and where I'll be come Easter Monday morning.

Part of this adventure will lead me to post more often here.....the place where I first discovered my joy and passion for writing. The place where I first met Vicki, Shannon, and so many other Christian bloggers who continue to impact my life with their stories and encouragement. It's good to be coming back home to the familiar.

In reading some writing by Rev. T.D. Jakes tonight, he spoke of letting go of those things that are gnawing at your heart; the things that will destroy you if you don't drop them. That will be part of the next few days for me...searching myself for these weasels and getting rid of them. Stay tuned, folks. It's going to be a fun ride.

And for today my friends, this is the gospel according to Jimmy.


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