It might seem a little strange to think about the beginning of Lent the same as a New Year celebration. However, when you really think about the way we use each new year as a chance to reset who we are, where we’ve been, and layout our new goals, that is what Lent allows us to do in our faith. We have to stop holding back and work to surrender all of ourselves over to God in this time. He wants the good and the bad… your whole heart. Let this Ash Wednesday be your spiritual new year, not because it’s a date on the church calendar, but so that you can be made new coming out on the other side transformed by God’s love.