Thursday In the Second Week of Lent

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.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. He is also a contributor to The Clyde Fitch Report.

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