I wasn’t going to do Lent this year.
The main reason – because I didn’t want to fail. Then I read this amazing blog post by a truly humble and wise woman named Ann Voscamp. My perspective changed.
Lent isn’t about giving up something that’s easy to give up. It’s about choosing something hard, something so hard that you may even fail at times.
And in the failing, be humbled and realize just how much you need Christ.
This year I’m giving up junk food…all of it. Chips, chocolate, cookies, candy. It’s something I so cannot give up on my own. I love this stuff. I eat something from one of those four food groups everyday! Not a lot, but at least something. But I’m not afraid of failing anymore because I know it will teach me about grace and remind me how much I need Him everyday.
If you choose something easy and succeed perfectly, Lent can actually become an exercise in building your pride…”I’m so strong, I can do this!” But is that really the point?