Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a post about being a young single woman and all the struggles that come with that. The feedback I received was tremendous. Thanks for your kind comments, emails, tweets and smoke signals (okay so maybe none of that, but it woulda been awesome!). God has been working overtime lately to provide me with friendships and signs truly illustrating His love and mercy on me in this world. I am blessed.
In response, I’ve been doing a lot of introspection lately and God’s been working overtime on my heart.
I went to daily Mass this morning to pray about something and the first reading really spoke to me.
From James 1:19-21:
“Know this, my dear brothers and sisters:
everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger
for anger does not accomplish
the righteousness of God.
Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess
and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
and is able to save your souls.”
On Friday night, I came home from spending time with friends and was reflecting on the need to TALK LESS and LISTEN MORE. I know I am a natural leader and therefore love to be the center of the group … or dare I even admit, be center of attention. I’m not always proud of that part of my personality and I know it can be off-putting to others. I’ve been praying about it all week so when I went to Mass today and the first reading was just that from the book of James, I couldn’t help but think God is continuing to reinforce that teaching to me. Just in time for Lent.
It’s hard to believe it’s almost Lent, the annual time where Catholics and Christians take a BIG step back and analyze their lives. Often we give something up, but I also like to practice the discipline of ADDING something spiritual. Sacrificing something is a wonderful discipline if we can find something positive to replace it with. This year I plan to truly focus on talking less and listening more. A tough challenge for sure, so I hope my friends who read this will interrupt me when I am doing what I do best (or worst depending on if you like me or not!) … talk … so I can, instead, listen.
This will also be a great challenge in my prayer life – listening to God more instead of always doing the talking. I’m still working on what I want to do for my spiritual enhancement for Lent. My work schedule is looking to be nothing short of insane for all of Lent so my hopes of daily Mass won’t work out. I am hoping to go once or twice a week and when I can’t make it, ensure I read the readings for the day. I really want to open my heart and allow God to work deeply in me for this year’s Lenten season. I know there are a lot of changes I can make to better myself and I can do this by His grace.
Have you been giving any thought to your upcoming Lenten journey? If so, share what your goals are below in the comments.