Monday, April 13, 2009
Well, Lent has come and gone. My Lent resolution had been to give up, "sweets" for 40 days. I hoped that this would help my draw closer to Jesus and better understand the Resurrection Season. I had also hoped that it would help me learn some self control about sugar because I am a dessert junkie, and I don't believe Jesus wants us to be controlled by anything in this world. As Christians, we are to live lives of incredible freedom.
Anyway, I was quite successful in my resolution, with a few exceptions. There were several times when not eating the dessert offered to me seemed to be very unloving in the situation I was in, and in those cases, I felt that Jesus desires love more than sacrifice, as the Bible says, so I did whatever seemed most loving, which was eating dessert. However, those were the exceptions, and for the most part, I stuck to my goal.
I do not think I should do it again next year, though. I didn't set out specific enough parameters to classify what a 'sweet' was, and I hated the social isolation of not eating when others were. Plus, I am not sure it really enhanced my relationship with Him. I think adding things to my life, such as more Bible Study or prayer, would do more for He and I than giving something up.
I do still think that we are not to be trapped by things of this world, so I need to keep praying for the strength and faith required to help me keep up my healthy habits.