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My Lenten Promise

While this notification comes a day late, I wanted to ponder the value of Lenten sacrifice as we begin a season of careful consideration of the sacrifices Christ made for us.

The season of Lent is one that is far too often approached out of context. Many folks consider it the time when they’re no longer allowed to indulge in a Cheeseburger on Friday nights, some take the opportunity to renew their new year’s resolutions, and others choose to find ways to torture themselves (no chocolate, soda/coke, alcohol, tv, etc.) with no intention of contemplating the symbolism in their sacrifice.

For me, Lent has always provided a unique time to reflect on the purpose of sacrifice. Instead of giving something up that carries little significance, I’d challenge you to find a new way to thank God for the sacrifices He’s made for us and for the blessing He’s bestowed upon us. Even if only for the Lenten season, find a way to more closely connect with your Creator.

This year, I’ve decided to hearken back to one of my favorite parables, The Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25:14-30. My sacrifice will be to fight the temptation to hit my “snooze button” and use the time I had previously spent catching worthless minutes of half sleep to exercise one of my favorite talents: my ability to run. During this time running, I will be mindful of the sacrifice that Christ made for me and the blessings He has so graciously bestowed upon me.

What sacrifice are you making this year?