When I was a young girl, Lent seemed to be about giving up something that gave you joy. I embraced the discipline of sacrifice. As I became older, it lost any impact.
Now, as an adult, I celebrate Lent as an opportunity to commit to giving up something that will make room for joy.
This year, it started out as ‘I will give up judgement’. That lasted one trip down I-440.
I modified it to: I will give up following up my judgement with justifying stories and revisiting the event.
It’s working much better – and, making room for joy!