As part of lent this year some friends of mine suggested we had another stab at doing the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. We have tried to do it before and usually failed around day 10 if not before! But anyway I just wanted to share some things I have got from the book so far that relate to the theme of lent.
Its not about you. You have been born and created for God's purposes and this applies to lent too. Its for God purpose not ours. Its not to help us get fitter, of feel better about ourselves because by sheer will power we did not eat chocolate for 40 days. There are so many programmes is this world that are about helping us live a healthier lifestyle. De-tox this, de-tox that. There is obviously nothing wrong with wanting and aiming to live a better, more healthly life - but what is the source of all that. If its self-centred then even if its good, its not done to the glory of God.
By all means give things up, but give them up to God and engage God in the process. Let him be your strength. I have two verses to close on:
"I can do everything through him who gives me strength" Philippians 4:13
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3v5-6