Marching into Lent

Many people set a goal for the New Year for positive change in their lives. Christians, on Ash Wednesday, set a goal to change our lives. Not to randomly change our lives, but to transform our lives so that we may become more like Christ and so we may glorify God. From Ash Wednesday we march into the season of Lent, focusing 40 days on a practice which will then become a positive discipline in our lives. 

The Apostle Paul was very concerned about the church in Corinth when he wrote letters to them which we have in our Bible. He was disturbed by the reports he was receiving  and he loved them enough to fight for them--to call them out for their wayward ways and call them back to Christ.

“Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice  and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” I Corinthians 5:6-8

Just as a pinch of salt can add great flavor to a recipe, a bit of old yeast will leaven the entire batch. The ingredients of our lives affect the direction of our lives. During this 40 day journey, may each of us put the best, the most flavorful and the most effective flavor in our lives as persons of faith.