Name: Tyler Keum
Lenten Commitment: Fast breakfast and lunch on Sundays, and drinking water until noon every day. Do not actively maintain Snapchat streaks, and do QT journal instead.
For Lent this year, I wanted to cut out distractions that would take away focus from my relationship with God. I chose to fast breakfast and lunch on Sundays, and abstain from drinking water until 12:00 PM every day because I often feel lazy after eating. I also stopped keeping up with my Snapchat streaks because it took away my attention from doing more important things like QT; instead, I kept a QT journal, which helped me to remember the different QT chapters from the Sena book.
Before I began my Lenten commitment, I was lazy. I used to not do any QT’s before Lent so I followed Ben Teacher’s suggestion of writing in a QT journal to keep myself on track and make sure that I was absorbing God’s message.
In order to really focus on God, I decided to fast so that I could keep my mind alert and avoid the laziness that follows a meal. Surprisingly, I actually thought that fasting was easy to do. I also found that keeping a QT journal was easier than I thought as well.
Then, Jonny Teacher suggested that I give up my streaks on Snapchat.
At first, I was very hesitant and did not want to get rid of the streaks I had going. However, the more I thought about it, the more I felt like this was exactly the type of distraction that was keeping me from growing my relationship with God. It was very difficult, but I ultimately agreed and stopped maintaining my streaks.
Gradually, I found it easier and easier to stick to my Lenten commitments. I realized that before Lent, I would say that I did not have time to do QT, when in reality, it was because I was spending all my free time and energy on Snapchat. Ultimately, I am glad that I made the commitments that I made, even though they were not easy for me to stick to all the time. It was eye-opening to cut out the things in my life that I was prioritizing over God, and see how these distractions were preventing me from experiencing the joy of His love.
I hope to continuously try to avoid distractions that are preventing me from growing closer to God, and instead, focus my life on Him.
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