This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Colossians 1:10 (NIV)

Today, I realized that although Lent is a time to spiritually renew, it is also an opportunity to reflect on our own spiritual growth.

A short time ago, I was at a dinner party to celebrate a friend’s anniversary. During the dinner, my girlfriend didn’t partake in certain foods because she had given them up for Lent. Watching her do that made me reflect on the spiritual journey I’ve been on when it comes to fasting and the Lenten season.

I can still recall the occasions when I was supposed to be fasting, but did not show the strength my girlfriend did at the dinner party. Back then, I would give in to the moment, reasoning that it was a special occasion and God would understand.

I also remember the times when I would fast with a group of ladies to further my intimacy with the group, rather than to deepen my relationship with God.

However, I also acknowledge the way I have continued on my journey. I’ve learned to give up those things that create a distance between myself and God; for instance, rather than just giving up sweets and coffee, I give up worry, anxiety, impatience, and the need to be right.

Finally, I acknowledge myself for understanding that progress does not mean perfection.

Let us be reminded of these words when acknowledging our spiritual growth: “So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10 (NIV)

So today, let this Lenten season highlight your own spiritual growth.