Day 33

A better day but the residual shame lingers. Is it possible that Lent achievement itself becomes an idol? Of course it is. Not much more to say other than I am more convinced than ever that it is engagement with God rather than abstinence which makes the difference. One creates the platform for the other. But abstinence on its own is not a relationship with God.

Has your Lent goal become an idol in any way?

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2 Comments

  1. flendolyn said,

    April 9, 2009 at 10:46 am

    “Not much more to say other than I am more convinced than ever that it is engagement with God rather than abstinence which makes the difference. One creates the platform for the other.”
    I like this a lot.
    I started lent late, and it seems I finished early. Clearly my discipline is pretty much non existent at the moment. But while I’d been busy feeling bad about not sticking to my lent goal, I hadn’t even noticed that my engagement with God had gone out the window as well. One certainly did create the platform for the other.
    Perhaps if that had been my goal, i.e. firmly in the forefront of my mind as the purpose of the task (as opposed to the ‘giving up’ of something) my discipline would have been a little stronger.

  2. Nigel said,

    April 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I resonate with the same comment. I decided to work on my inappropriate language during Lent. About 1/2 way through I found that God was challenging me on my attitudes to others as well as the effect my words have on others positively and negatively. The focus came off the occasional bad word and onto what springs from my heart. If you look legalistically at my lent then I failed, as the occasional word still slips through. But looking wider, I beleive that God has worked in my life and that is what really matters.


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