Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What is Lent? For most in my denomination it's either a thing Catholics do or a time to give up chocolate or something without any real reason. Yes, Lent is a time of sacrifice, of fasting but it is also so much more.

Traditionally, Lent means fasting, praying and giving to the poor. Lent is known to be about giving things up, things that tempt or distract us; testing our self-discipline, taking a good look at ourselves and trying to become more like Christ (credit)

Lent is a time to become more like Christ, to surrender our desires, and serve those who need it most.

Fasting for me just isn't possible. Health reasons permit it. But I still feel drawn to the beauty, rhythm, purpose of the Lenten season.

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.Romans 12:1-2

These verses, to me, sum up the point of deny self and make it all about Christ and His grace.

And that is the premise of Relentless ACT:S of Sacrifice. Each week of Lent there is a new sacrifice to inspire you, to bring you closer to Christ and those who need a helping hand.

Faith practices should not be empty of meaning. There should be passion, vision, reason behind them. So this Lent I encourage you to take part, to deny self, to serve others in need, to come closer to our loving, grace-overflowing Christ.

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