As Lenten season approaches, we proudly announce something that we are giving up for Lent to illustrate our ability to make a sacrifice. Something like chocolate, potato chips, movies or more daring sacrifices such as smoking, alcohol, swearing etc. If we successfully achieve our goal and abstain for six weeks we proudly boast of our accomplishments.
However, our life is not limited to six weeks but to a life time of many weeks. Maybe we should do some serious introspection into our lifestyle and review our everyday behavior beyond the Lenten season. Have you given up gossiping, rudeness, impatience, disrespect, being condescending or judgmental? Christians should strive to reflect the teachings of Jesus in our daily lives. Our trivial attempt to demonstrate “giving something up" for Lent pales miserably compared to the sacrifice Jesus made for us.
In my attempt to follow Jesus I fail woefully short. Intellectually I know how I should behave but sin and shortcomings continue to enter my daily life. Easter is a time for us to search our lives, begin to be better Christians and to be followers of Jesus. He made the ultimate sacrifice paving our way to eternal life.
Happy Easter, I pray we all do better.
Dear Lord, help all of us to find the strength and commitment to be better Christians all year through, not just for any particular season. It is by doing so that we will honor your sacrifice. Amen.