I’m very guilty of this – thinking of my Lenten sacrifices in a way that is completely selfish. I think of the “sacrifices” I can make to help break my caffeine or sugar addictions, sleeping more, having a cleaner house or a certain type of family or personal time. My often lenten sacrifice takes the form of a New Year’s Resolution, superficial and shallow.
My Lenten Sacrifice is not for the good of my body or my home or even my time; it is for the good of my soul. I am called to make a sacrifice that will bring me closer to God.
The fourth definition of “Sacrifice” is : the thing so surrendered or devoted.
Perhaps my Lenten sacrifice should not be my Dr. Pepper habit, or my reading list. Perhaps my Lenten Sacrifice just needs to be my doubts, my worries and my fears.
Perhaps my Sacrifice needs to be me.
*Note: I just wanted to point out that I don’t think a persons personal decision to give up something like caffeine and sugar or having a reading list or other goals are superficial or shallow. It’s just a personal path that my Lenten Sacrifices have tended to be very shallow (focused on me and not God), and it’s not a reflection on your personal decisions. In fact, I’ll be back in a day or two with my own Lent Goals and sacrifices.