Even though Lent is only less than halfway over, I am determined to keep up my effort. I have been tempted a lot and sometimes I want to give up. I keep tricking myself that I have more important things to do than spending time with God, but when I think of the time Jesus spent in the desert being tempted by Satan, I grow stronger.
You would expect a normal person to go to sleep before midnight right? Not me. My bedtime is usually sometime around 3 a.m. That is why I decided to set a midnight curfew for myself this Lent.
This season of Lent has opened my eyes up to all the sacrifices God made for us and how we take them for granted. Through this year’s Lent, I wish to be more appreciative of what God has done for us by letting go of small things that distract me from what is truly important: Jesus.
It has only been 2 days and my ears are itching for some music. But when this happens, I think, “If this is a challenge for me, just imagine what Jesus felt and went through while he fasted for 40 days in the desert.”
Thinking about Lent helped me put it into perspective that God had sacrificed so much for us. While we are all probably struggling with our sacrifices, nothing comes close to the great sacrifice God gave for us.
So we ask ourselves, can we really know God? The answer to this question can be found on every page of scripture.
I had always thought that Lent was about giving something up in order to become closer to God, but I recently learned that Lent is also actually about disciplining yourself in preparation for Jesus’ death on Good Friday and His resurrection on Easter Sunday.
When I was in middle school, my father forced me to give up dinner for the whole season of Lent to participate in the suffering of Christ. That was forty days of no dinner!