Thursday, March 01, 2007

Lent and Everything After

So, again, I am lenting. Last year, soft drink, this year takeaways. Now some of you unprincipled cynics might think that’s because of my dieting, but NO. Well, obviously it makes it easier to diet when you don’t ‘take away’, but seriously. I’m not that desperate.

Why do I do Lent? I do Lent because I believe in spiritual discipline, and because I love participating in tradition.

Firstly, I regard spiritual discipline as an important part of any spiritual life with God. It’s a way of remembering that relationships don’t just happen – they require effort and commitment. It’s a way of focusing on what’s really important. It’s a way that I take control over my body and my choices rather than just submitting to my superficial desires. It’s a way of identifying with the sacrifices that Christ made for me. It’s a way of showing my love, an act of loving if you will. It’s a sign that I am set apart, that I set myself apart. It’s part of submission – it’s a small act that symbolizes my submission.

Secondly, it’s a part of the Christian tradition. It’s a thing Christians have done for hundreds of years. It’s a way of stepping into the line of Christians that stretches far about behind me, and also before me. It carries it on. I am part of a Body of Believers across time and space. I feel more connected when I join them.

So, Lent has come and I am craving Indian. And doing something precious and valuable and unique.


Aaron More said...

That is an admirable thing to do. The art of spirtual disciplines has been somewhat lost in the western church.

Sharyn said...

I agree - I think it's a tragic thing. I mean, let's not all go live up poles, but it's a great thing to set yourself aside in some way.

Iain said...

Mmm, I sure do love a bit of Indian.

Buttery chickeny goodness...

...creamy korma...

...succulent tikka...


Thank goodness I only gave up Coffee for Lent *twitch*

Being a Grey Lynn Tribe, that IS still counted as a sacrifice!