It doesn’t matter if you observe Lent. It’s just a great time to put yourself in Jesus’ shoes and contemplate life, with all it’s temptations. Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit, spent 40 days dealing with the devil, got his head together, then broke out to fulfill his special, unique purpose in life. He had to go through that process. We do too in our own deserts.
We all have deserts in our lives that we wander in aimlessly. They’re bad places or situations in our lives when we get stuck. The problem is if we never escape those deserts we won’t fulfill our special, unique, and God-given purpose in life. We all have a promised-land of greatness in us. It’s sad that many don’t ever realize it.
Jesus showed us how to embrace our deserts, which are filled with demons. He prayed and got right with his Father. Then, he left the desert behind to fulfill his life’s mission. On the other hand, the Israelites were led into the desert and wandered aimlessly for 40 years. They complained, lost their focus on God, and worshiped false idols. Eventually, only two of the originals crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land.
I’m using this 40 days of Lent and Jesus as a role model to get more in touch with God and confront my demons. I want it to be a time of reflection but also one of confrontation. I want to leave behind the current desert in my life and fulfill God’s calling.
I wish you the best in your life journey. Consider using this time like Jesus used his time in the desert. It wasn’t just a good story—it was a life lesson for each one of us!