Lent: action or attitude?


I’ve been thinking about lent this year…

what shall I do,

what shall I give up,

what shall I take on?

Should I try the ‘sweets thing’ again like my friend does?  Why bother, I can never make it all the way through, I start to rationalize…yogurt with chocolate bits, is that considered ‘sweets?’  And then in a weak moment I grab a cookie.  That’s it, I’ve broken my lenten promise, and the guilt sets in…

lenten stress!

How about taking on some extra prayers,

reading the Bible more,

random acts of kindness…..

How about giving up beets and turnips – ok, not such a sacrifice –
but at least I can do that for 40 days!!!

So, in a few hours lent begins and it’s time to make my final decision

This year I have decided that lent will not be ‘action’, it will be ‘attitude’.
When I look ahead to the glory of Easter,
I am humbled by the Gift of the Resurrection.

It’s really all gift, isn’t it?

And so, to prepare myself for the Easter Gift, I will spend lent emptying myself.

De-cluttering my thoughts

surrendering my anger and resentments

throwing away my judgments

detaching from worldly distractions

This lent will be about attitudes not actions…..care to join me?


Lent: Which is more difficult?

Is lent more of a ‘give up’ for forty days or a ‘take on’ for the rest of your life?  It may be really difficult for me to give up chocolate or desserts for lent, but come Easter Sunday, watch out!  Back to the chocolate and back to the sweets…and enjoying them with a great sense of pride and accomplishment!

Hmmm…was that transformative???

How about selecting a virtue and ‘taking that on’ for lent?  Humility seems like a good one since it’s opposite – pride – has gotten us all into trouble, beginning with Adam and Eve!

Taking on humility for lent….that’s a tough one, and on Easter, instead of feeling a sense of accomplishment or “PRIDE”, we can feel that perhaps we’ve taken a step forward (and a few backward, I’m sure).  And, our lenten experience will not be over, we will not go back to our pre-lenten attitudes, because we did not deprive ourselves, but rather we expanded ourselves….

We will continue on this journey, maybe a bit stronger, maybe a bit grateful, maybe a bit more humble.