We are now in the holy season of Lent. Lent is a period of forty days, excluding Easter and Sundays, to remember the suffering and death of our Savior Jesus. During this holy season, Christians should strive to live a life of prayer, fasting, and godliness. The word Lent came from the old English word "Lenten" which means "spring". Spring refers to the beginning.
Things that are frozen in the cold, melt. Sleeping animals arise and flowers bloom. Lent is a very important time for us to begin our spiritual training. During this season, open your frozen, closed heart to the Lord. Be awake, spiritually! Live a life bearing fruit! Do not start your spiritual training with too many things.
A sudden long-term fasting is not good. It is a good idea to start with one or two things you can do slowly. Take a time of prayer and reading God's word every day. And with the good heart of Christ, do good to others.
Some of our church seniors gathered to celebrate Valentine's Day on Sunday, February 11th, at Ruby Tuesday Restaurant in Mililani. We had dinner. It was a very pleasant and meaningful time.
After the dinner, we played a word search game. Mary and I were not used to that word-search game, so we had a hard time finding the words. The words were not in sight. As I continued to play the game, I got a tip. I had tried to see the whole word at once. However, finding the two or three letters at the beginning of each word made it easier to see. For example, to find a word LOVE, I would need to first find the two words 'L' and 'O' that are close each other. After knowing the tip, I was able to find other words a little faster in the next game. Through the word-search game, I learned how I started was very important.
We Christians must do our best to reach the perfection of Christ. We must do spiritual training every day to become more mature Christians. But spiritual growth does not happen suddenly one day. It is possible by training one by one from small steps.
During the holy season of Lent, read the prescribed amount of the Bible daily, and live a life of prayer. And do good and do forgiveness with the good heart of Christ. Then you will experience God's grace and spiritual growth. I pray that in March, you will be filled with God's grace and blessings in everything you do.
Rev. Dr. David Choi