Come after me, says the Lord, and I will make you fishers of men.

And so it begins…Advent. 4 weeks in anticipation of the birth of our Savior. Advent growing up was like a really cool parent. Although Advent is a spiritual time of reflection, it’s not nearly as harsh as the parent Lent was. 4 weeks compared to 6; Gaudete Sunday – REJOICE; no requirements to give up anything (like Doritos or Mountain Dew or watching TV). Growing up, we stored up enough candy on Halloween to get us through to Christmas – not sacrifice there. No Red Snapper or tuna casserole during advent on Friday’s. We had an Advent calendar that when we pulled open the slot for the day, there was a chocolate waiting for us. St. Nick’s day is coming up – put your shoe out and get some more goodies. We light the cool candles every night before dinner (do the kids in your family argue over who gets to light them and blow them out – I’m taking a wild guess the answer there is Yes.)

Maybe that’s the hard part about growing up. I’m not the one on the receiving end of those “rejoicements”. I’m actually starting to take these 4 weeks a little bit more seriously. I’ve decided to do an Advent fast this year and will only eat one true meal a day and that will be a meatless one too. I want to really sit back and reflect on what it truly means to me that Christ is coming. I want to enjoy fully the celebration of His birth on the 25th. So I guess the cool parent has gone away and the strict parent (like Lent) is going to be my guide these next 4 weeks.

Maybe, just maybe, the Lord will use these next few weeks to call me to be a “fisherman” too; I hope He shows up in a pontoon boat – they look a lot more comfortable than a bass boat.

Do something great for our Lord today – get in touch with your Lenten parent these next four weeks and make some Advent sacrifices for yourself. What better gift to give the Lord on His birthday than a better version of yourself?

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.

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