Factoring In Failure

Just to be honest last week was a failure. I got busy, I got distracted and totally got out of my Lenten rhythms. I FAILED!We are also at about the half-way point in our Lenten journey. For both of these reasons it's the perfect time to post this little ditty. This is the appendix in our Lenten devotional guide and a great reminder that doing things perfectly isn't really the point anyway. I hope it encourages you and i hope you will join me in getting back on track with your Lenten disciplines.

.:: Factoring In Failure

Maybe you’re not like me. Maybe you are extremely self-disciplined and whenever you set your mind to do something, you do it flawlessly!  AWESOME! You probably have some other 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 the morning to pray, reading my Bible every day, not doing this or that... FAIL, FAIL and #FAIL once again! (hash tag for public emphasis—only Twitter peeps will understand!) Lent is a time of self-denial, of extra spiritual focus and discipline... BUT if you do it all 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 realizing that if you do mess up, slip up or eat up one day because 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 a smoke or a drink (coffee or otherwise)... 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 to mark 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, whether it is with my Lenten discipline or in some other area of my life. And in that moment, I stop, pray and remember that I am nothing but DUST! I know that I journey in the desert of temptation with the only person who has ever done it perfectly. Jesus is my only hope! I continue to follow Him through the desert to the cross and ultimately participate with Him in the resurrection!

Factor in some failure this Lent! Be ready for it so that when it happens, you’re ready to pray, think and continue on!

“THE GOAL OF LENT is not to make a plan for change and follow it to the letter. Rather, the goal is to make a change that sinks deeply into life, drawing us closer to self, others, and God. Lent is about intentionally opening ourselves, preparing to receive God’s goodness.” — From A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent by Sarah Parsons

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