As we settle into a new journey into Lent, it is important to keep your eyes and heart focused one what it is you are working through. Sounds easy, right?
The difficulty I have found in this proposes is knowing my focus has to be divided between the present and the future. That is to say where I am now and where I desire to be later as I grow and transform.
Lent is a transformation process, a time of being in a cocoon. During this time we begin our metamorphosis of who we were/are into who we desire to be; something new and different and hopefully better.
So it's imperative that we set our focus on that future goal while working, praying, and feasting in the present day.
I've chosen this quote from Pope Francis to inspire you further.
"God’s world is a world in which everyone feels responsible for the other, for the good of the other....[I]n reflection, fasting, and prayer, each of us deep down should ask ourselves, Is this really the world I desire? Is this really the world we all carry in our hearts? Is the world that we want really a world of harmony and peace, in ourselves, in our relations with others, in families, in cities, in and between nations? And does not true freedom mean choosing ways in this world that lead to the good of all and are guided by love?"
"But then we wonder, Is this the world in which we are living? Creation retains its beauty, which fills us with awe, and it remains a good work. But there are also “violence, division, disagreement, war.” These occur when man, the summit of creation, stops contemplating beauty and goodness, and withdraws into his own selfishness."
— Excerpted from Embracing the Way of Jesusby Pope Francis
Pray fully. Fail joyfully. Lve freely. Embrace the presence of God with every breath you take in. And be the presence of God with every breath you let out.