As we undergo self-examination during Lent, let’s all remember to look upon the person being examined with love, understanding, acceptance, and forgiveness.
I have written a lot about certain words that express the person we all strive to be — balanced, aware, contemplative, etc. When I contemplate the concept of balance I am always reminded of St Augustine’s saying — “Abstinence is a lot easier than perfect moderation.”
God does not condemn wealth or possessions, however almost every faith warns about confusing material contentment with spiritual gladness, mistaking what fuels our greed for what feeds our soul, and when does our desire for a good life sabotage one’s faith?
During Lent we examine whether our lives have crossed over a constantly moving line. I ask, has my faith become only internal — expressed by words and thoughts, but not acted on. Has my desire for comfort and contentment lead me to distance myself from the struggles of others?
And most importantly, have I started to think more about my material comfort, more than God. Am I as passionate about God as I am my creature comforts?
Lent is about asking these hard questions about ourselves, finding that line that we should not cross, and knowing the difference between comfort and balance.
This process is like growing old — it is not for sissies. Also remember to cut yourself a little slack. Treat yourself with love, understanding, acceptance, and forgiveness.