Ash Wednesday. One year later. What have I learned?
Friends, family and followers have asked me:
“What are you giving up for Lent this year?”
“Are you doing Daniel Plan again?”
Folks, this year has been a wild ride. My initial Daniel Plan journey took me in a completely different direction than I expected. My decision to change my lifestyle for 40 days of Lent in fact changed my entire life… unveiling a revelation of truth and a level of challenge that I never saw coming.
It’s been a year of intense personal change and refinement. I got way more than I bargained for on this journey, and I am eternally grateful. I’ve let go of every preconceived notion of God and His promises and fully embraced truth for what it is — out of this world.
So this year, I am thrilled to announce what I’ll be giving up for Lent: NOTHING!
It’s not a lack of response to God and what He is doing in my life. It’s not a cop-out because life is too busy. It’s an opportunity; not to give up something random in order to draw God closer to me, but to see what God wants to bring into my life to draw me closer.
I’ve learned that no matter how hard I try — there is nothing I can do to make God love me more. I can’t eat clean enough, work hard enough, pray long enough, run fast enough, be good enough. He wants more than my vein attempts at scorekeeping and righteousness. He just wants me — broken, unassuming, and fully submitted to His will.
This Lenten season, I want to see Him more clearly — to learn how I can love Him more. Even in my darkest moments, He never left me. When I felt alone, it was me who abandoned Him, seeking my own knowledge and understanding above His.
I continually asked, “Where are you, God?” The question I should have been asking was, “What are you trying to tell me, God?”
I understand now that God allows some pain into our lives in order to open our eyes and draw us near. He yearns to give us a deeper understanding of who He really is and what He wants to do in and through us in this crazy life.
So here I am, a year later, fully submitted. Control relinquished, anxiety subdued, assumptions challenged — and in some cases, conquered. I admit, I’m still identifying which lions to tame in the moment. But I take comfort in knowing it’s all part of the journey. If it takes my entire life, it will be a life well spent.
So here’s to another Lenten season — another year of Taming Lions. I’m so thrilled to have you on this journey with me.