February 10 is Ash Wednesday–the season of Lent is upon us! It comes early this year, which means Easter is early too, and everything seems a bit rushed.
Like many of you trying to cope with all of your responsibilities, I’m constantly making a choice between business (real, effective, results-oriented work) and busyness (running around like a chicken with its head cut off, not getting very much done).
I’m a disciple of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, David Allen’s Getting Things Done, and Jim Collins’ From Good to Great. I use Evernote, OmniFocus, and mind mapping software to organize my quarter, month, weeks, and days. But it’s still easy to get sucked into busyness and lose sight of business—the real work that needs to be done.
Counter-intuitively, I’ve found one of the best ways to fight busyness is not to work harder, faster, or smarter … but to slow down, stop, and reflect.
And Lent is a great time to rediscover this experience. This year for Lent, once a day, I’m going to tune out the distractions and tune into the journeys and reflections of fellow pilgrims on the way. I’m using three resources (all available for digital download on Amazon.ca):
- Jon Swanson, Lent For Non-Lent People: “33 Things To Give Up For Lent” And Other Readings
- Richard Rohr, Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent
- N.T. Wright, Lent for Everyone: A Daily Devotional (based on Luke, Year C)
I’d also recommend Paula Huston, Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit and Alicia Britt Chole, 40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast (note: somewhat more evangelical in flavour).
For Lent, I’m giving up an hour of my life every day … and getting a taste of abundant life in return.
Perhaps you’d like to do the same.
By Rev. Dr. Greg Glatz – Check out Greg’s blog: POMO Mission in a POMO World