The 40 days of the Lenten Season is like Major League Baseball’s spring training but for Christians. In mid-February all Major League Baseball players gather at their spring training facilities to start preparing for their new season. I think the Spiritual Journey during the 40 days of Lent is similar to the spring training of a baseball player. As Christians we undergo spiritual training during this Lenten season to grow into mature servants of God. What are your plans and goals for your spiritual discipline during this Lenten Season?
I want to suggest a simple practice of Spiritual Discipline: A.B.C. Practice A: Start your new day with a one minute prayer. When you wake up in the morning set aside prayer time to listen to God’s voice and God’s guidance. You don’t need to spend a long time in prayer. Just pray, “Good morning, God. Thank you for this new day. Before I start today I want to hear your voice, Lord. Tell me what you want me to do today. Guide me and lead me.” Then have a moment of silence to listen to God, followed by “Amen.” Before you go to bed open your bible and read two chapters. I want you to read the Gospel of Mark, the book of James and Hebrews and the book of Psalms during this Lenten season. After you have read one chapter in the book of Psalms, open the New Testament (Mark, James, and Hebrews) then read one more chapter. This is practice B. Then what is practice C? Every day I want you to practice Caring for others. You can call or send texts to someone you care about. In the spirit of genuine Christian love, simply ask them how they are doing. You can send a card to someone who needs encouragement. You can say “thank you”, “I am sorry”, “We miss you”, “Get well soon” and “God loves you”. Practice C can be done every day. I am sure that our daily A.B.C. practices will change our lives and we will grow spiritually with these intentional disciplines. We will see Jesus who loves us every day. Love you in Jesus, KyuTae