In case you are new to the blog, my name is Shawn Petree. I work full-time helping men in the greater Seattle area grow in their relationship with Jesus through a ministry called www.teleios.org. I love it! Having been committed to this journey with Jesus personally for the past 20 years, I am passionate about helping men walk a similar path. I do this through individual meetings and helping them get into groups with other men who have a similar desire.
I also love to hike, kayak, fly fish, watch the Longhorns play football, date my wife, hang with the guys, and play with our children. I really enjoy traveling, reading, listening to inspiring speakers, and writing.
So on to Lent. It begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday has been honored by Christians for well over ten centuries, falling at the beginning of Lent. In the earliest centuries, Christians who had been stuck in persistent sin had ashes sprinkled on their bodies as a sign of repentance, even as Job repented “in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). Around the tenth century, all believers began to signify their need for repentance by having ashes placed on their foreheads in the shape of a cross.
You don’t have to get ashes on your forehead in order to participate in Lent. As mentioned in my last post, this Lenten season I am inviting you to consider one thing that you have unbelief about in your life. Maybe it is a lie that you believe about yourself, or another person or God. During Lent you will confess that you cannot change this unbelief on your own and will ask the Lord to replace your unbelief with the truth.
I hope you will take a moment to consider what area of your life you may have unbelief and decide to join us on this journey through Lent.