Over the last several years I’ve had an on-again, off-again, love/hate relationship with all things social media. I’ve had more reincarnations on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other smaller or less popular avenues of social media than I care to admit.
I have quit participating in social media, except for one.
This time I have quit for keeps.
So why should this matter to you?
As I learn more about wisdom, I am enjoying finding out about the qualities of wisdom and how it can be acquired. At the outset of the book of Proverbs, in chapter 1, Solomon states that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but that fools despise wisdom and instruction.
This prompted me to look up the definition of “fool”. A fool, according to www.dictionary.com, is “a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense” and “a weak-minded or idiotic person.” Needless to say I don’t consider myself this kind of person and I certainly hope it is not said of me that I’m a fool. I want so much to know what to do and how to do it. I seem to make continuous errors in judgment, and at the end of the day, I reflect on those errors and feel a deep sense of regret for the ways in which I behaved and for the ways I cause hurt, not only to others, but also to my Savior and God.
I need to make a confession. It’s about reading and what I typically read. Are you ready? Okay, well here goes.
I have a problem with reading.
It’s not that I don’t read.
It’s that I don’t always read the right stuff.
What I mean is that I don’t prioritize what is placed before my eyes. Specifically, I don’t always read my bible. And when I do read my bible, it’s usually not the first thing I reach for in the morning.
[NOTE: THIS IS A RE-POST FROM 2013 -- ONLY THE DATES HAVE BEEN CHANGED]
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WHAT IS LENT?
Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter Sunday. In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day (in 2014 it falls on March 5th), or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days before Easter Sunday. Sundays are not included in the 40-day count because Sundays commemorate Christ’s glorious resurrection on the first day of the week or “the Lord’s day.”
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LENT?
Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection of Jesus Christ — His suffering, sacrifice, life, death, burial and resurrection.
The 40 days of Lent are also a time of grief. The tradition begins with the first day of Lent, or Ash Wednesday. Ashes are put on believers’ foreheads on Ash Wednesday as a sign of repentance. The practice of putting ashes on one’s head is an ancient sign of mourning that was often done at funerals or similarly sorrowful occasions. In this case, the ashes represent sorrow over our sins and the pain and death caused by sin.