Today is only the first day of lent and my social media accounts have already been accosted with articles and blogs of things to fill your time with during these 40 days leading up to Easter. Usually, I try to just sit back and hold my tongue. To each their own. I can’t force my views on anyone. But a post just popped up that set me over the edge.
The title “40 Things to Declutter from your Life during Lent.” I saw this and the little thermometer in my head started rising but I thought to myself – maybe they are decluttering things like a fast – to focus on the Lord. I scrolled past it… And then my curiosity got the best of me. I scrolled back up my news feed, found the article and as I started reading, my blood started boiling. This was not an article about focusing on Christ – it was truly about cleaning your house before the guests come for Easter.
The top popped right off that thermometer and I couldn’t keep it in anymore. When did LENT turn into a time for people to get a jump on spring cleaning? When did LENT turn into a time that we are being pushed to fill our lives with things to do, bad habits to give up and good habits to start? How have we missed the mark so badly?
First – I think we need to talk about Easter.
Easter is the day that Jesus Christ ROSE from THE DEAD!! Do you realize how amazing that is? When Jesus died on the cross – he died to save us from our sins. He sacrificed himself so that we wouldn’t have to suffer the wrath of his Father.
Now – we need to talk about lent.
Lent is the 40 day period leading up to Easter (excluding Sundays). Lent is not “biblical” but it was created as a time to draw closer to the Lord. To prepare our hearts for the death and subsequent resurrection of the Lord.
This post about cleaning your house to prepare for Easter reminded me of a story…
At the Home of Martha and Mary.
Luke 10: 38-42
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her
The Lord doesn’t care about what our homes look like, he cares about our hearts. He wants our relationship with him to grow. I can guarantee you that just focusing on a clean house this Lenten season will not help you grow closer to Christ. Instead of giving things up or throwing away the clutter – try something new. Try sitting down with your bible and losing yourself in his words. Get on your knees and pray. Be intentional.
Jesus himself said “You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – indeed only one.” All he wanted was for Martha to sit and to talk to him, just as Mary was doing. Be like Mary.
– Emily B. –