Today is Ash Wednesday. It is the beginning of the season of Lent, a period of 40 days that culminates with the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.
To be honest, I’ve never given up anything for Lent or even thought much about it. I recently read two blog posts that offer differing perspectives on the subject.
- “Why I’m giving up nothing for Lent” – Author Daniel Hames points out that rather than try to please God with our own good works and attempt to clean up our lives, we need to rely on God’s grace alone.
- “Lent 101: Five suggestions” – Author Sandra Glahn explains that the reason we give up certain items during Lent is not to prove ourselves, but rather to remind ourselves that the Son of God gave up everything for us. By cleaning out some of the junk and garbage in our lives, we may open up new places for God to work in us.
Rather than giving up chocolate or TV or Facebook, what might God do in my life if I gave up …
- Desire for control
- Need to be right
- Need to be acknowledged
- Desire to be in charge
- Need to be first
Rather than give up these desires, needs, and/or characteristics for a 40-day period, what if I strived to be more Christlike every day?