The Point of Lent

So I’ve made my decision on what I am “giving up” for Lent.  After several weeks of self examination, I’ve identified (with the Holy Spirit’s help) that thing which has attached itself, unknowingly and without invitation, to my life.  While it may not be a specific sin, it is a pattern that is not congruent with how I want to live my life.  Even though it may seem trivial, even benign, it does not serve me well. Part of the purpose of Lent is to become dissatisfied with our own bondage and the bondage of others.

The problem, of course, that left unattended for so long, it has become so ingrained in me. The thought of giving it up seems insurmountable.  I really question if I can do it…for 40 days. The fact is, I “tried” Lent last year and failed miserably. I can’t seem to follow through in giving up for Lent. Which makes me want to just give up Lent.

Which makes me question Who I am following.

Which may precisely be the point of Lent.

  1. Love this, Gail. 🙂

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  2. Sarah Hysjulien March 10, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Perhaps it isn’t as much about giving it up as it is about offering it up.

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  3. Gooood one, Gail!
    🙂

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