Lent is a time of sacrifice for Jesus. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, repentance, alms giving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In preparation I pondered what I could give up: chocolate, wine, sugar, etc. and nothing really registered because as I dug deeper, I realized I wanted something that I could check off each day and give myself a star and pat on the head. As I prayed and searched my heart, it finally occurred to me that the adventure I was being called to was a daily asking God what would bless His heart.
Day 1: God wants a Contrite Heart from me:
Isaiah 57:15 – For this is what the high and lofty one says - he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him/her who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Isaiah 66:1-2 – “Heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being”” declares the Lord. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word."
Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves such as have a contrite spirit (those who are crushed in spirit).
Psalm 51:17 – The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
What did I accomplish in my adventure today: realizing that when I hurt someone else, whether it is my family, friends or someone that I just ignore, I am breaking God's heart because He has asked me to Love as He loves and to treat others as I want to be treated. Contrite doesn't mean that I'm just sorry but that I am broken hearted that I have hurt or wounded God's heart by hurting those He loves.