I know I'm late with jumping on the lent band wagon, but I honestly didn't feel like anything I was giving up was a true sacrifice. A nice gesture indeed, but a far cry from a sincere sacrifice. That was until I read Jennifer's blog post titled A "Me" Fast. Reading her blog set of all sorts of bells and whistles. It made perfect sense to me! I needed to give me up for lent to my Father. Daily I am striving to live like God, but because I am human I fall short. I sometimes get into my "what about me moods" and let me tell you my friends it is not cute. There were times when I put my blog or mission before spending time with God first thing in my morning. No human is perfect of this I am aware, but there are no rules that state I can not be more like God. In fact, Ephesians 4:24 says: "You were created to be like God, and so you must please him and be truly holy." Will I become truly holy? I don't know, but I do know that I am willing to do whatever He wishes me to do so that I may live with him forever.
So, for lent I give up myself. I give up my selfish ways. I give up saying and doing things that I know God would not approve of. Each day will begin with me giving him my undivided attention. I will give God my very best and my family as well. I will stay focused in Him more than worldly things. I will lay down my "what about me mentality" forever.
Heavenly Father, you know what is deep in my heart. You know how greatly I desire to become the child You need me to be. I ask You to strip me clean, so that I can be less and you can be greater within me. I trust in You and believe in Jesus' Name. Amen.