How Lent can Lift our spirits

As a Southern Baptist, I am not accustomed to celebrating Lent within the corporate body as our liturgical brothers and sisters do.  But this does not mean that I am not aware of it on their calendars, and what this season means to every believer.  It is a season to reflect on our humanness -- that our bodies are“ashes to ashes and dust to dust”.  And I am reminded that each and everyone of us will die as well, unless the Lord should interrupt this earthly life with His return.
This thought led me to a blog by a Rev. William Cwirla, https://thefirstpremise.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/why-we-dont-do-ashes-on-ash-wednesday-by-rev-william-cwirla/   a Lutheranwho opts not to paint the sign on his parishioners, due to solid biblical reasons which he cites (the words of Jesus to not flaunt our piety) , but encourages folks to reflect on their own sinful mortality/ death to sin/ resurrection as a new creature.  The ashen sign of the cross needs to be painted on our mind, soul, and spirit.
So I enter a new time of repentance, self-reflection, and commitment to holiness, similar to the one I sought last year.  I know I will fail in some ways.  We do not attain sinless perfection in this earthly body.  But we never give up on seeking His likeness and living under His authority.
It’s a wonderful season, Lent.  Let us, as Evangelicals and Baptists not overlook the benefits of it in our private, if not corporate, lives.  While I have not yet practiced the giving up of food, I have fasted from practices that may lead to temptation and wasteand even today I don’t  know that traditional fasting is what I will do. Maybe I’ll fast from social media or television. Maybe I’ll delete all shopping except groceries and necessities. I don’t know.  But I do know I will spend time and effort to dig deeper into how He wants to continue to mold me into His image.  
More of Him, less of me . . . 
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