Ash Wednesday is the official beginning of Lent, the 40-day period of dedication, reflection, prayer and fasting in preparation for Easter.

For me personally, I like to take this opportunity to sort of regain focus whenever my mind may stray from the Lord. I have much to be thankful for, and I want to thank Him for making all things possible.

To think of the sacrifices — emphasis on the plurality — that Jesus made for us is both humbling and emotionally uplifting. There are great days that lie ahead and we owe it all to Him.