Wednesday, February 25, 2009

When I Treat Lent Like New Year Resolutions

New Year resolutions are self-centered - lose weight, exercise more, etc.  They're about self improvement.  They're about me.

Lent is different.

Yet I have historically approached this season like I approach the new year.  I'll give up soda or caffeine.  Any innocent vice will do.  But at the core, I "give up" or "take on" for me.

Today, I must turn away from my interests, habits and ambitions and turn toward my Lord.

I must begin listening for His voice as I face the desert that lies within me and the cross that looms ahead.

"I have to choose thoughts that are your thoughts, words that are your words, and actions that are your actions." (pg. 14)

Lent is not about me.

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