For His sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish … (Philippians 3:8).
As I approach the end of Lent, I consider how the usual dynamic of this season plays out for me. I begin with a mix of enthusiasm, determination and, I admit, a little bit of dread. I have the best of intentions, but will my will follow?
I know my peace lies in Jesus, not in the real but lesser pleasures of this world. I know the Lenten season is my opportunity to actually live that in a small way. But it’s a hard path. It’s hard to let go.
I look back on the weeks, and I see ups and downs. And, even as I’m honest about any stumbles, I try not to be too hard on myself either. Taking courage from Paul’s always bracing honesty, I keep hold of the truth and try, one more time, to let go of what I know, in the end, can’t bring me real, lasting joy.
Lord Jesus, You are all I need.
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THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Reach for your peak, your goal and your prize.