I started the open-ended conversation last week with my children, “So what are you going to give up for Lent this year?”
And I got the usual & normal replies…
One says TV.
Another says XBox.
Someone calls out, “Sweets.”
You get my drift. 😉
While these are all good and sacrificial for small children, it couldn’t help but make me wonder, “What is God calling me… Kelly… Kelly daughter-of-Christ… Kelly-wife… Kelly mother… to give up this year?
How can I be the best me during Lent and give my God my all — the best of me? My whole mind, heart, body, soul, and strength?
As I was reminding my children, it’s not really about us. It’s about Him… about dying to ourselves in order to rise with Him on Easter morning.
Is it the lazy part of ourselves that needs some fine-tuning?
Is it the greedy hand that needs slapped out of the cookie jar?
Is it the restless heart that finally needs to find rest in Christ?
As Matthew Kelly always so eloquently says… how can Lent help us “become the best versions of ourselves” this year?
I came across this article which I really liked. It was new, refreshing, creative, penitential, and introspective — all at the same time. Special thanks to Life Teen for their ideas.
So… with Ash Wednesday lurking only 4 days around the corner, I ask you (as well as myself), “What will you lay down for Him this year?”
Make it count.
Make this your best. Lent. EVER!!