Here’s what’s real right now:
- My black Skechers are absolutely soaked right now from 2 miles of walking in the rain. Also, it was totally worth it to be at church this morning.
- French toast with friends makes a great Sunday lunch.
- There are a lot pages of writing that are waiting to be edited.
- John Mark McMillan is singing me through it.
- Tonight, I’m going to go to the House of Blues to hear Jon Foreman and friends play at an event with To Write Love on Her Arms. I feel incredibly cool just saying that. I also feel like they’ll have a “coolness” detector at the door, and when I walk through I’ll be rejected since I wear Skechers almost every day and participate in Skirt Wednesdays (which is exactly what it sounds like) and talk to myself a lot.
Thanks to posters up around my school, Lent isn’t going to sneak up on me again this year. It almost did last year, since I forgot that we start that in February. It’s just a sneaky season. Or maybe I’m just forgetful. Either way, I’m ready for it now. So when it starts on Wednesday, I’ll be prepared. I’ve been thinking.
I started thinking a couple days ago about how I wanted to be intentional about Lent this year and determined that I didn’t want to give something up for the sake of giving it up. I really don’t eat that much chocolate. At this point in my life, I’m completely obstinate about never giving up coffee. I gave up Facebook last year, and it was great. But I want to do something different, another experiment.
Then, this morning, as my pastor was talking about tithing, I thought about what I’ve been giving God lately in terms of my time. We have breakfast together every morning, but sometimes I chew while I talk to Him and get distracted by how tasty the muffin that I’m eating is. Or, because I haven’t had enough coffee yet, I go off into a trance and stare at my big toe for a while and forget what I was saying.
I think God deserves more commitment than that. And I sure as heck could use more of Him.
I have 24 hours in a day, right? I sleep about 8 of those (and since I know that sleep is really important, I’m going to tithe out of the time that I’m awake), so there are 16 left. What if I committed to spending an hour of my time with God every day?
I suppose I’ll have to answer that at the end of Lent.