Don’t cringe!

  • “Happiness is not the goal of life; happiness is a by-product of living out your purpose.”
  • “The greatest things in life aren’t things.”

Great quotes to start off Lent (the 40 days before Easter)! I wonder if some of you cringe at the mention of Lent, and “giving up things for Lent”, etc. Because every year I see counter-arguments pop up–people who are saying we shouldn’t pay so much attention to Lent.

Have I ever suggested that you HAVE to give things up for Lent? :) In fact, I’ve usually explained that I do it just for me, because I get something out of it (and a couple of times I’ve listed the things I get out of it). So, when people talk about what they’re giving up for Lent, are they boasting, or are the people saying they’re boasting just feeling guilty that they are not giving anything up? Don’t feel guilty! And yes, those others could be boasting, but lots of times it just helps to be accountable, by telling someone else.

Of course, there is always the danger of being too legalistic–Paul hated when Christians tried to force rules on people, which is the opposite of what the Gospel is all about.

And now that I’ve had my rant, I am NOT going to tell you what I’m giving up for Lent, HA! However, what I’m going to do for blogging…

The One Word thing that I latched onto for New Year’s has been fun so far. (My “one word” for 2014 is “plan(s)”.) Although I did resist being obsessive about it by joining their website, getting a daily reminder, etc., I’ve decided to try a “one word” daily, for Lent. I’ll simply go through my morning readings and pick out a word that seems to be predominant. Then it’ll be fun to see how that word plays out for the day!

Interesting thought in the Lenten devotional I read this morning: “Reading the Bible without knowing in advance what God is going to say takes humility.” In fact, I was tempted to latch on to the word “new” or “move”, that was in the readings about the Exodus, and Joseph & Mary escaping to Egypt. As I continued however, it turns out the word for today will be: “sin”.  Perfect for Ash Wednesday, if you ask me!

Not something we like to think about though, do we? No one likes to admit to having any sin, let alone that we could possibly be bad enough to need someone to die for us.

bright sunrise, through mom and dad's trees

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One Response to Don’t cringe!

  1. Ken Woodhouse says:

    I’m giving up giving up things!

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