Whenever we embark on an important undertaking, we should prepare ourselves. The more involved the undertaking, the more prepared we should be. If you go on vacation for one week, you would prepare more than a one day vacation. And so it is for us as we prepare for Lent.
Lent is a 40 day journey. Jesus journeyed through the desert for 40 days before He began His public ministry. He was preparing. So, what are we preparing for in Lent? We are preparing ourselves for Heaven. Any other purpose is rather trivial. Now, we are not going to die at the end of Lent, but we are being called to perfect ourselves on our larger journey towards Heaven.
Lent is a beautiful time to renew ourselves. We have put off many important things and now we are being called back. Life is our larger journey and Lent is our yearly wakeup call that our journey is towards Heaven. When we realize our destination, it is easier for us to see what is helping us and hindering us on reaching our destination.
Take time to prepare for Lent. It will make Lent more meaningful. It will make life more meaningful.