Factoring in Failure...
Maybe your not like me and you are just extremely self disciplined and whenever you set your mind to do something you do it flawlessly! AWESOME! You probably have some different things you need to work out with the Lord but definitely not the same things i do. You see, me, i’m a failure! I regularly fail at things i say i’m going to do... waking up in every morning to pray, reading my bible everyday, not doing this or doing that... FAIL, FAIL, and #FAIL once again! (hash tag for public emphasis, only twitter peeps will understand!)
Lent is a time of self denial, a time of extra spiritual focus and discipline... BUT if you do it perfectly and fail to be engaged in your humanity and this journey toward the cross, well you have failed! It’s not about failing on purpose but it’s about realize that if you do mess up, slip up or eat up one day because maybe you just didn’t think about it, or because you just HAD to see that show, or because you couldn’t go one more moment without at smoke or a drink (coffee or other wise)... IT’S LENT! Maybe in your failure you can “get it” even more, in an even deeper kind of way.
So, i don’t plan for failure, i don’t put an X on my LENT calendar for the day i will fail but i pretty much factor in the fact that i will fail, there will be a day i utterly fall on my face, weather it is with my Lenten discipline or in some other area of my life. And it’s in that moment i stop, pray, and remember that i am nothing but DUST! That i journey in the desert of temptation with the ONLY person who has ever done is perfectly. Jesus is my only hope! I continue to follow him through the desert, to the cross and ultimately participating with him in the resurrection!
Factor in some failure this LENT!
Be ready for it so that when it happens your ready to pray, think, and continue on!
Grace and peace... and a little failure along the way.