Growing up I always associated Lent with sacrifice. My Catholic friends would give up red meat – their parents always took us to the gross Long John Silvers on Fridays instead of McDonald’s or Burger King like we really wanted – and our Sunday school teachers would ask, “What are you giving up this Lent season to remember how Christ suffered in the desert?” (We didn’t always have the best Sunday school teachers, but you get the point.)
But this year, the more I thought about Lent, the more I thought about temptation rather than sacrifice. I’m not talking about the obvious temptations – a shiny new car or that hot guy across the mall – I’m talking about the daily temptations that find their ways into my everyday life.
How often have I snuck one of the kids’ Valentine’s Day candies when I knew I shouldn’t? How many times have I ordered take out because I didn’t want to cook, even though money was tight? How many times have my kids ask me to help with something just to have me respond with a ‘not now’ even though I know these years won’t last forever?
These are the temptations that I want to focus on this year. Where in my daily life can I make decisions that I SHOULD do instead of what I WANT to do?
Of course, I’m still giving up chocolate for the next forty days, but that just makes the kids’ Easter candy that much better;) Oh – slipped already…