In line with the ancient tradition of Lent I have decided to, "Give up in order to pick up". I'm choosing to give up radio. Now I know to many of you that sounds silly, perhaps even pointless but for me it's big. I listen to lots of radio while I drive. Mostly talk radio. Lots of opinion shows. Opinions on politics, cars, sports, home improvement, finance, etc. Generally the first thing I do when I get in the car is flip the radio to AM and tune in to one of my "go to shows". In the morning it's mostly politics and current events. So allow me to lay this out for you. The very first thing I do to start my day is tune in to an opinion show and allow someone else to inform me about how to think. It sounds ridiculous when you say it like that. Why in the world would I do that? Why would allow anyone to speak into the start of my day other God Himself? It's crazy. So I stopped listening.
Today was rough. My drive is literally only 7-8 minutes to work but today seemed extra long. In place of my, "Give up" I decided to "Pick up" prayer as I drive. I started and faded several times. What was interesting is that at several points I realized I was no longer praying and instead I was just staring blankly out the front window. I even tried singing, I'll spare you the torture but here's what I sang.
"Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary. Pure and holy, tried and true. And with thanksgiving, I'll be a living, sanctuary for you." There can be no better start to a day than that effort right there. I hope you'll consider joining me on this Lenten journey. Give up so you can pick up. Be encouraged and keep me moving forward.