I’ve got a bunch of projects running through my head and heart. Some of these are on my list of 99 goals for the year. Some of them have cropped up since I made that list. I’m realizing that I’m never going to get to all of them. Nor should I.
For the next few days, I’m going to describe some of these projects. I’m doing so to offer them to you. Maybe you want to help. Maybe you want to take the idea yourself. Maybe you’ll help me see that the project doesn’t matter.
Here’s the first one: Lent.
March 9 is Ash Wednesday. It’s the first day of the season of Lent.
Three years ago, a group of friends wrote a Lenten blog with me. It was a wonderful project. I have thought about writing for Lent again this year, but I don’t have the freedom to do it.
If I did, I would not talk about giving up food.
- I would instead talk about giving up worry. For 40 days, intentionally surrendering the illusion of control which is reflected in worry.
- I would talk about giving up self-aggrandizement.
- I would talk about giving up the illusion of martyrdom which so often accompanies our service.
- I would talk about giving up resignation, at least the kind that we do to make ourselves feel better, more in control, more humble than others.
- I would talk about giving up self-righteousness, which is not a kind of righteousness that Jesus ever had any time for anyway.
- I would ask you what you would be willing to give up for 40 days as an exercise in self-discipline.
But I’m not going to do any of those. I’m not sure why. I would be interested in reading about them if someone else wants to write them.