As Lent comes to a close this weekend, I hope that you’re reminded of what the season really represents. It’s not just a time to give up a bad habit, only to revert back to it afterwards. It’s a time for reflection and awareness in the habits that pull us away from God, so that we might give them up for good.
I’ve been having some profound discussions with a coworker recently who decided to incorporate Lent as a way to stimulate a “spiritual experience” of sorts. Although, I admit, I was hesitant to think it would actually be effective, I still thought it was pretty amazing, given that most people just use Lent to temporarily give up a bad habit.
Yet, what makes Lent truly effective is when it brings us to a closer understanding of what Christ gave up on our behalf. He gave up a life in the Heavens to live a season in this awful place (the world) and partake in the human experience. And then to stand in place of the ultimate punishment that was meant for us in order to save this world from its sins for all time, on top of it? Wow. And here I struggle just to resist the temptation of a tasty cupcake. Continue reading