Tonight's Lent post will be a short one. It came to me earlier when I was watching a really disturbing horror movie (Starry Eyes). And it really is just one simple question...
How far would you go?
We all have desires. We have a goal we're trying to meet - whether it's to find love, or to land the perfect job, or be at the top of the class, or to be popular, or to be an award winning musician, or whatever the case may be.
And, honestly, there is nothing selfish per se of having these desires. They do become selfish, however, when we take for granted anything and everything else to attain these goals. When we even take our own health for granted. And especially when we put them before God and his desire for us.
Lent is a time to look inward. A main tradition of this season is to give up something. The purpose of this "sacrifice" is to make more time for God... not to simply torment ourselves by not eating chocolate for 40 days.
So today, I ask you all to seriously think on one simple question...
How far would you go to meet your goal?
Would you stop going to church? Stop praying? Turn away from good friends or family? Let go of your own morals? Stop taking care of yourself? Has your goal become unhealthy and selfish, taking the place of God's will for your life?
Suggested Lenten "Sacrifice":
Give up your selfishness.
Yes, you can still reach for your goals. You can still have those desires for your life. You should still take care of yourself. But turn to God with these desires. Pray about them. Don't hurt other people simply to obtain what you want. Always show compassion to others, even if it means delaying your own desire. God has a purpose for you. And your desires will happen if they are meant to happen.