Distractions. There are plenty in my daily life. Things that take my mind off of God, my husband, my children, my duties. Some are difficult to avoid. But some, with a little discipline, can be turned off, at least for awhile.
The computer can be a distraction for me. On one hand, I need it for so many things: correspondence, research, checking the weather, shopping, paying bills, etc. On the other hand, since it is available so readily, it also can grow into something I don’t need all.the.time. It can become something that takes me away from the real things I need everyday—time to focus, to be present, to listen and be still.
I can’t give it up completely. That wouldn’t be realistic. But I decided I can fast from it for a certain time each week—and feel that fast, that sacrifice most definitely.
So, every Thursday night, I will turn the computer off. I won’t just “put it to sleep,” but I will turn it completely off. And I won’t turn it on again until Saturday.
And this weekend, I will be away from it entirely—three whole days!—since I will be on my retreat. What a good way to start Lent! Time with the Lord. And away from the distractions.
I have some other little things I will be doing this Lent, too. But I’m only picking a few and trying to do them well. Little steps, but hopefully steady steps, toward Jesus.
It’s kind of cool that my seven-year-old daughter is now old enough to make little sacrifices, too. She’s giving up candy (except on family movie night, which is once a week). My husband is cutting back on TV. Having other family members sacrificing these things will help me with my candy and TV intake, too. I’m certainly not going to eat candy in front of my daughter or make my husband go upstairs so that I can watch a show. No way! We have to help each other in our fasting and sacrifices. We have to help each other change our behaviors, change our hearts and grow in holiness, for isn’t that what Lent is really all about?
I hope this Lent is off to a prayerful and meaningful start for you. But if you still haven’t figured out what the Lord wants you to focus on, don’t worry. Just pray for guidance. He will show you the way.
God bless your weekend!