Setting goals is a great tool for self-improvement, and Lent is just that tool. It’s our tendency to pursue the things we love, things we believe will bring us fulfillment but that actually can become distractions from our real purpose here on earth, knowing, loving, and serving God and getting to heaven. That’s why the sacrifices we make during this liturgical season are important.
Of course, in making a sacrifice or adding some spiritual ritual into our daily routine during this time, our goal is to come closer to Christ. For this reason, it’s important to step back once in a while and take a look at how you’re doing. If you are giving in to the temptation to please yourself instead of keeping your commitment to sacrifice, you must make sure that you have a balanced perspective toward it all. No one is perfect and we all fail. But, we all must at least try. We must strive for perfection.
Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. - Matthew 5:48
There it is. We must work at it and when we fall, we must get up, dust ourselves off and try again. If we don’t, if we only focus on our failures, the whole point of Lent can become skewed; it becomes a source of negativity instead of a source of strength and inspiration. One thing I find helpful when I begin straying from my path is to remember that the purpose of Lent is to remind me of the incredible love Jesus has for me and that my sacrifice clears the way for me to come closer to Him and experience that love. God’s love never disappoints us.
I hope you will find this little video message encouraging as you continue on through Lent.
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