We’re three weeks into Lent and I want to share my story.
When I was a little girl, people “gave up” something they enjoyed to make up for all the bad things they had done during the year. I was raised in a culture of manufactured sacrifice, as if life on its own didn’t hand you enough misery. The experience was never edifying and was even downright disappointing when I discovered my mother had eaten the huge Tootsie Roll I had given her for safe keeping until Easter. My girlfriend gave up eating between meals for Lent, so every time she ate something between meals, she called that snack either lunch or dinner. “I’m up to Christmas, meal-wise,” she confessed.
I have come to learn that there is nothing, no self mortification, I can do that will make God love me more. For that matter, there’s nothing I can do that would make God love me less, either. God’s love is unconditional and even though we live in a sin sick world, He always wants the best for me. It took a while to learn I would find my best when I found God’s will for me.
Lately, it’s a struggle to get around like I used to. Stairs are a challenge and forget about gardening on my knees or climbing ladders. So this Lent I decided I would give nothing up but instead, would do myself a favor and change my eating habits.
I decided to treat my arthritic, achy carcass to lots of veggies and a bit less meat and lots less sugary carbs. Most of all I won’t graze all evening on snacks. And I already feel better – not super, mind you since I’m no spring chicken, but I find my daily routine a lot easier.
I think God would say, “See, I knew you’d feel better if you used the food I created the way I intended you should. Now have another apple and go out and enjoy!”
Reminder to readers that Mike Raha’s amazing “Passion Walk-Steps on a Journey” is available under the Article link. It’s a wonderful devotion for this Lenten season.