Much has been written about the Lenten season I don’t suppose my little ramblings will change much.
In my personal opinion the Church Doctrine of Lent has become a means of allowing many people who say they are Christians to pretty much do as the please throughout the remainder of the year. However when Lent rolls around these same “sayers” will give up some food group or stop using some technology that consumes a portion of their day or heck, some may even practice acts of benevolence! But what are these same people replacing those voids in their life with? During any other time of the year if someone gives up a specific food group what is it called? It’s a diet. Right? If someone takes a break from technology what is that called? Maybe a vacation? If someone practices sporadic acts of benevolence what is that about? Making the giver feel good about what they are doing?
On the other hand, when people determine that the Holy Spirit (not the calender) is calling them to change destructive patterns of behavior in their life and they obey His leading then there can be true, daily and lasting transformation(s). The old has passed away…
I think if you approach the season of Lent with the view of “look how bad or slack I’ve been” the enemy has already won. Guilt does not come from the Lord. On the other hand, if you approach the season of Lent with the view of “what daily changes can I make in my life to reflect the teachings of the Savior and too become more Christ-like” then you may be heading in the right direction.
So, are you being lead by the days on a calender or some Church Doctrine? Or are you seeking The One Who created time? The former leads to spiritual death. The later leads to Life eternal.
The choice has always been ours to make. Choose wisely.