Monday, March 6, 2017
Yesterday I asked a dear friend what she was giving up for Lent. She said, "Oh I don't give anything up, because I can never stick to it. I always take something on." I have done both in the past....given up and taken on, and I had decided to do both simultaneously this year. I have been contemplating what to give up, because I wanted it to be something hard. I had almost decided on giving up all sugar, but since yesterday I've been rethinking that decision. I have thought a lot about my friend's answer, because she is truly one of the most selfless and serving people I've ever met. I respect her 110%, and I know her decision is from a place of purity and honesty and knowing her strengths. After meditating on this and praying, I've decided not to give up sugar. Some people may think this is a cop out. Deep down I know that I wouldn't stick to this wholeheartedly, and it wouldn't be hard in a "growing closer to Jesus kind of way" but more of in an "irritating and annoyed kind of way"; so I changed my mind. Instead I'm taking more on. My family had already decided some things we were taking on together and individually, as well as, some thing we were giving up; but I'm taking on more in my own way as well. It will be something small every day, something medium every week and something large a several times over the next 40 days. When we were discussing this tonight after church, I felt the fire burning inside my spirit; and the longing for Jesus even more. I think this is the goal for the Lenten season and really for all of our seasons....a burning inside and longing for Jesus!