Today is the twentieth day of Lent. (Sundays don’t count towards the forty days.) You are exactly half-way through. What started not so long ago on Ash Wednesday is heading towards Holy Week, and to Easter morning.
I don’t much like half-way points. I’m a procrastinator, so they were always somewhat meaningless to me. In school a teacher would say “by this point you should be halfway done with writing your paper” and I’d say to myself, “oh, right, the paper…I should get on that.”
Seriously, I wrote my wedding vows the morning of the service.
So, the mid-way part of Lent doesn’t work for me as some sort of measure. For some Christians it does. Today they are saying “I’m halfway there….just twenty days left until I can eat meat/drink coffee/mainline sugar/log on to Facebook again.”
And, if that works for you, great. But for those of us who are procrastinators, now is as good a time as any. Even if you didn’t get on board back on Ash Wednesday, it’s not too late. You can still commit to making this a holy Lent. Because, the richest part of Lent is still to come.
So, use this halfway mark as you will. Make it a mile marker to show how far you’ve come. Or, use it as a place to reboot, and refocus. Commit to running this race through the Passion that is to come, and with the passion that comes with wanting to be there in the hardest hours. Just as is true with the whole of the Christian journey, it doesn’t matter when you started. It only matters where you are now, and where you are headed.