I bet you’ve been asked over the years, “What is the purpose of Lent?”
While I was preparing for my Lenten plan, I read the following: “The purpose of Lent isn’t to “better” your life, but to recenter your life on what matters most.”
The answer gave me pause to think. Is my Lenten discipline a self-improvement plan or a period of time where I refocus on God and his plan for me? The two are not mutually exclusive, but if all I do during Lent is lose some weight or give up wine my program its more about me and less about God.
Sacrifice is an important part of Lent, but it is not all that it is. A better way to look at Lent and your Lenten discipline is going deeper with God. That is why service, prayer/meditation, and study are equally as important.
By the way, the Lenten train has not left the tracks yet. If you had a cookie or glass of wine last night and broke your fast, God is most forgiving. Take your time and pray for guidance about your Lenten plan. God may take you in a direction you never dreamed, but I guarantee that going deeper with God is a journey you won’t regret.