Did you choose a specific virtue to cultivate for a New Years’ resolution? Try making a concrete step in that direction a focus for Lent, which starts tomorrow.
In January, I wrote how I was working on trust this year. I’ve been practicing trusting God when I sin, following the example of St. Therese. It’s becoming routine. I can’t tell you how much freer I feel. When I have a bad day of yelling at my kids or otherwise being selfish, I no longer beat myself (figuratively speaking) over it. I trust God to take care of it, and even to bless me (not because of my sin, but because of my trust). My faith is stronger as well.
Now it’s time to work on another aspect of trust. During Lent I will try to accept everything that happens as being part of God’s plan for my life.
The phone ringing during homeschool.
J needing attention when I’m in the middle of disciplining his brothers.
The computer malfunctioning while I’m blogging.
The boys picking up a virus… again.
M complaining about dinner.
D talking back.
C refusing to do his chores.
Dan using the computer when I have plans to work on it.
Falling asleep during prayer.
And everything else that God allows in my life.
I will whisper, “Jesus, I trust in you,” when circumstances are against me. Maybe by the end of Lent I’ll remember to do so most of the time. I hope a new habit will be forming.
What about you? How will you fine-tune your spiritual life this Lent? Share with us.